Senate leadership refuses to run education finance bill until constitutional amendment passes


Pressure is mounting for a constitutional amendment on education finance after the Kansas House approved a new plan putting more than $500 million into schools.

Just hours after the House passed its plan, leading senators quickly dismissed it as replete with unreliable financing gimmicks.

"It spends money that we don't have," said Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning. "There's no reason to pass that school finance plan until they get transparent, as it were, and lay down the amount of taxes that are going to be passed on to the taxpayers."

Among other things, the House education plan relies . . .


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