TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to boost funding for public schools.
The vote Thursday in the Republican-controlled Senate was 32-8 and sent the measure to the House.
Kelly’s plan would increase education funding by roughly $90 million a year. Many Republicans backed the bill even though their leaders believe it will be a financial stretch for the state.
The measure is designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order last year requiring legislators to increase the state’s education funding, currently more than $4 billion a year.
The Senate also expected to vote Thursday evening on whether to send a tax bill to Kelly. The measure is designed to prevent individuals and businesses from paying more state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws.
The following statement is from Governor Laura Kelly on the passage of Senate Bill 142 out of the Senate:
“I’m pleased that the Senate passed Senate Bill 142 this evening. This bill adopts recommendations proposed by the Kansas State Board of Education and the Kansas Department of Education to restore the investment in Kansas classrooms. The goal of this bill is to address inflation, end the litigation and meet the needs of our students, teachers, and schools.
“We look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to move this bill forward through the process and settle this once and for all.”