The Kansas House Majority Leader believes that a solution to the school funding issue can be found by the end of the week. “Forty-eight hours ago, I would have said, no, there’s no way,” said Republican Don Hineman of Dighton. “Things kind of came together yesterday and I now am encouraged that maybe late tomorrow night we will adjourn and go home.”
Two top Republicans issued an ultimatum Tuesday that Kansas legislators act to curb the power of judges to rule on whether spending is sufficient. Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park said they won't allow the Senate to debate school funding proposals until legislators put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to strip the courts of that power.
Two top Republicans issued an ultimatum Tuesday that Kansas legislators act to curb the power of judges before they will allow them to vote on increasing public school funding to satisfy a demand from the state Supreme Court. In the House, Majority Leader Don Hineman, a moderate Dighton Republican, shrugged off Senate GOP leaders' ultimatum. "We have to work this out," Hineman said. "We have an April 30 deadline to answer the court, and my expectation is that we will."
The Kansas House of Representatives spent the afternoon on Monday working its way through its first crack at a school finance bill. It is anyone’s guess whether the next try at a school finance bill, which will likely come up on Tuesday, will move left or right to pick up votes, though House Majority Leader Don Hineman did speak to the affordability of any school funding bill from the well on Monday... “I just want to urge caution when you look at revenue figures,” said Hineman.
Kansas lawmakers are moving closer to developing a school funding plan. House Majority leader Don Hineman confirmed leadership has developed a plan for paying for schools. "There have been active talks today, and I haven't been involved in all of those so I can't tell you exactly what the current version of the plan is,” says Don Hineman. Hineman says the plan is in it's preliminary stages and couldn't confirm what the overall investment would be. "I'm not ready to comment on the overall number because that is really influx right now,” says Hineman.
Kansas House Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, watches one of the House's electronic tally boards as members approve a bill to narrow a law prohibiting state contractors from boycotting Israel, Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill is designed to salvage the law after a federal judge blocked its enforcement...
The Legislature received a report on March 15 that recommended increasing funding by up to $2 billion over five years, but no proposal has been publicly put forward. House Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, said Monday it’s possible the House could debate school finance this week, but called such a timeline “really aggressive.” He said lawmakers are involved in multiple conversations about school funding, but that it’s hard to put a timeline on it yet. “Every day that we delay passing a bill is a day that’s not available to our team of attorneys to prepare an adequate defense for us,...