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Kansas Legislature approves deficit reduction legislation

February 12, 2009, 12:12 p.m. Updated February 12, 2009, 9:21 p.m.


— A $326 million budget-balancing plan won final legislative approval Thursday, bringing Kansas closer to joining other states in trimming education funding to deal with recession-related financial problems.

The House passed the bill Thursday morning on a 70-51 vote. The Senate approved it seven hours later, 27-11, sending the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who has tried to avoid cutting aid to public schools.

The bill eliminates a projected $199 million deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Slightly less than half the adjustments consist of cuts in spending, with accounting changes and refinancing of state bonds making up the rest.

Public schools would lose almost $28 million in base state aid plus more than $4 million in funds for special education programs. Those reductions were endorsed by the House, but senators wanted to reduce base aid by less than $7 million and leave the special education funds unchanged.

Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, and their leaders said the cuts in school aid were necessary to avoid deeper cuts elsewhere, including public safety and social services. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder said the plan that emerged from talks between the two chambers contained “a proper mix of cuts.”

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Budgets_Smudgets 8 years, 11 months ago

XD40, of course you mean that Lawrence district should consolidate with Perry, Baldwin, Eudora, and De Soto, and thus be responsible for building the new schools to take care of growth in these districts.

deskboy04 8 years, 11 months ago

There are hundreds of school districts in Kansas. Most all of them have CEO's that make more than the governor.

farva 8 years, 11 months ago

One percent is not much. For the amount of state, local, and federal money K-12 schools receive, 1% reduction is reasonable.

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 11 months ago

Nonsense, hawkperchedatriverfront. Tomorrow they start focusing on the fiscal year 2010 budget. I have a healthy skepticism (less than they have earned, admittedly) of the ability of our legislature to do the right thing. But I am pretty certain they aren't spending the Federal stimulus moneys until those moneys are signed by the President.

Budgets_Smudgets 8 years, 11 months ago

There are so many beyond ignorant statements made on these boards. I hate to even weigh in, but I will try:

deskboy04 - the majority of school district administrators do not make more than the Governor. logrithmic - the NBAF plant is not a bio-weapons plant by any stretch of imagination, unless you are on drugs. Are you that idiotic? hawkperched - what are you even talking about?
barrypenders - what? *XD40 - school consolidation? what is that about? Have you ever looked at collective school budgets? I doubt it.

If a few of you would consider making more cogent arguments which are on point, perhaps more people would pay attention to your opinions.

I fear I have discovered a forum where ignorance and flames are the norm.

Please prove me wrong.

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