Kansas governor Sam Brownback and lawmakers may hit impasse over schools
7:27 PM, Apr 15, 2012
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislators appear headed toward a stalemate over spending on public schools.
An impasse could block any significant increase in aid or change in how dollars are distributed as the trial of an education funding lawsuit looms in June.
Brownback has proposed overhauling how the state parcels out more than $3 billion -- roughly half its general tax revenues -- to its 286 school districts.
But many legislators see rewriting the funding formula as too daunting a task for an annual, 90-day session already crowded with other big issues. Lawmakers now expect to study the governor's proposal over the summer and fall.
Democrats and some Republicans also are seeking to reverse some cuts made in recent years.