Archive for Friday, March 8, 2013

Democrats seek seat at school finance mediation table

March 8, 2013


— Democratic legislative leaders on Friday said they would file a motion to participate in mediation of the school finance lawsuit.

"We're filing this motion because we need to ensure that any mediation results in a solution that is truly realistic and that will benefit Kansas children," said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka.

A three-judge panel ruled in January that the Legislature had failed its constitutional duty to adequately fund schools and ordered a $440 million funding increase.

Last week, the Kansas Supreme Court granted a motion by the state and ordered mediation in the case.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, said that the Democrats' motion will suggest that members of the State Finance Council, which is chaired by Gov. Sam Brownback and includes legislative leaders from both parties, be included in mediation discussions.

Davis said that because the Legislature would have to appropriate any funds as part of a mediated agreement it stands to reason that Democrats would be part of the discussion.

But Davis said he wasn't confident that an agreement can be reached. He noted that Brownback continues to propose deeper income tax cuts even though the cuts he signed into law last year have produced significant funding problems.


Larry Sturm 5 years, 3 months ago

Yes all partys should represented equaly and Brownback should not have a vote.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 3 months ago

A prudent and intelligent move by Democratic party legislators. It is important during the mediation proceedings that the school funding conflict not be framed as a contest involving only the courts vs. conservative Republicans. The voices of Democrat legislators and Republican moderates ("real Republicans") must not be silenced or denied, but be allowed to weigh in equally with their respective views and solutions. They do not presently hold the majority in the House and Senate; nevertheless, they are duly elected representatives representing popular legal/political outlooks and have earned, by virtue of the democratic process, a legitimate seat at the mediation table.

Bob Burton 5 years, 3 months ago

I think the law that is being questioned was passed by the House Republicans & the Senate Democratic/moderate Republicans. There for let the legal department handle the mediation.

UneasyRider 5 years, 3 months ago

Tea Bag party thinks only what they want counts. In other words, Kochs told them what to do. You peons don't count.

Bob Burton 5 years, 3 months ago

I love it! Attack people when you don't have anything to contribute.

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