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Assessing The Fallout From Failed Tax Plan Vote At The Kansas Statehouse

Stephen Koranda
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Another long committee hearing, another day without a Kansas school finance bill.

The committee chairman, Rep. Larry Campbell from Olathe, kept saying all week the panel would kick out a school funding plan by Friday.

It didn’t happen.

After spending most of the afternoon on two amendments, Campbell adjourned the committee and moved its deadline to Monday.

The committee did approve an amendment that puts more money into at-risk student funding, a contentious issue that passed by one vote.

It adds $21 million to the plan, boosting the total cost to more than $770 million over five years.

The legislature must have a constitutional funding plan in place by June 30, or the state Supreme Court has threatened to shut down public education.