Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Governor won’t veto school funding bill

March 30, 2005


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she would not veto a $125 million school finance proposal that is expected to be approved by the Legislature in response to a Kansas Supreme Court order.

"I need to get it to the court, so I'm likely to send it to the court quickly," Sebelius said.

The state Supreme Court has ruled that lawmakers have failed their constitutional responsibility to provide adequate funding for schools. The court gave the Legislature until April 12 to fix the school finance plan.

The Senate has adopted a $125 million school funding increase that would also open the door to local property tax increases. The House is expected to approve that measure today.

Critics of the plan, including Sebelius, have said the increase is not enough, there is no ongoing funding for the plan, and the increases in local taxes will widen the disparity between wealthy and poor districts.

But Sebelius said she will forward the bill to the Kansas Supreme Court.

"They gave direction to the Legislature to meet the court order and I think they need ample time to review it," she said.

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Sebelius said she hadn't made a final decision on whether to sign the bill or allow it to become law without her signature. "I'm not very likely to sign it," she said.

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