Davis Claims Kansas School Cuts If Brownback Wins

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic challenger Paul Davis predicts that funding for Kansas public schools will be cut if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wins re-election, but Davis is not outlining a specific education plan.

Davis had a news conference Tuesday at Lowman Hill Elementary School in Topeka to criticize Brownback on education funding issues. Davis said Brownback has made cutting the state's personal income taxes his top priority, to the detriment of public schools.

The Democrat said that if Brownback wins a second four-year term, Kansas will have to reduce aid to schools because of budget problems created by the tax cuts. The Legislature's nonpartisan research staff is projecting a budget shortfall of $238 million by July 2016.

Brownback spokesman John Milburn said Davis is distorting the governor's record while offering no specifics.