It’s been a while since I wrote about the Kansas education funding crisis, because I’ve been suffering from a rare condition known as KEFCF (Kansas Education Funding Crisis Fatigue.) It’s a very serious condition that I’m treating with massage, chocolate and cocktails.
Great news! The Kansas Legislature solved the Kansas funding crisis and my condition is cured! Strike up the gospel choir and can I get a “hallelujah!” The Senate passed the block grant bill to override the old school formula that the Legislature ruled was too hard to understand, because we all know — math is hard.
We are FINALLY done with this debate. Lets put this whole thing to rest and move on to more important things facing this state like Rep. Bret Hildabrand’s Fantasy Football Bill.
Hang on a second and pass me some chocolate – this block grant is only good until 2017. There is a word for something like this….it start with a b….No batshit crazy isn’t the word. The word is band-aid. It’s only good until 2017 so the lawmakers can work out a new formula. I’m sssuuurrreee there won’t be any problems creating this new formula since it’s gone so smooth to this point. (wink wink)
This leads to the best part of the story. The courts have suggested that there might be a challenge the new block grant the way that they found that the legislature was funding the schools to unconstitutional levels in the first place.
Now follow me here, because this is where it gets Bravo good. Because of Brownback’s genius tax plan, the courts are also going to take a hit with our budget crisis.
HB 2365 would give the judicial branch $6.7 million from the state’s general fund for fiscal year 2016 and $11 million for fiscal year 2017. That’s significantly less than the $23 million and $30 million – for 2016 and 2017, respectively – the courts are seeking.
Judge Daniel Creitz, chief judge of the 31st Judicial District in southeast Kansas, testified it could be detrimental to public safety if lawmakers do not add more funding. He spoke during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Jerry Lunn, R-Overland Park, asked Creitz about a three-judge panel that ruled the state was unconstitutionally underfunding schools and recommended the state spend more than $500 million more. Lunn asked Creitz how he thought the judicial branch should be affected if lawmakers chose to spend that amount on schools.
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/prairie-politics/article14580998.html#storylink=cpy
I wasn’t there, but I’m sure Lunn added a head shake and a snap when he said this. Makes me wonder how that anti-bullying initiative is going in Kansas?
Here’s a little secret – instead of band-aids and bullying judges how about if we all agree that our state isn’t bringing in enough taxes to fund out budget? Let’s look to the main source of the problem. Again, it begins with a b… this time it’s not band-aid. It’s Brownback!