Kansas Lawmakers Reconvene For Wrap Session

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Kansas lawmakers reconvened for their wrap up session.

Lawmakers must finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st and tackle tax, criminal justice and environmental issues.

Governor Sam Brownback has already signed a $129 million education bill to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court decision on state aid to school districts.

The State Department of Education apologized for confusion surrounding its estimates, saying the plan is expected to provide $12 million less than previously thought.

That means Kansas classrooms will see an additional $61 million, instead of the estimated $73-million.

"Had we had an opportunity in the Legislature to have open, honest debate in reference to the budget issue associated to education, we wouldn't be having this second discussion necessary," Rep. Tom Burroughs, (D) Assistant Minority Leader.

Republican lawmakers we asked declined to comment on camera. Brownback aides said they didn't know about the revised estimates when he signed the bill last week.


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