An article on the website Stateline.org painted Kansas as the prime example of how recession-driven budget cuts are sparking school-funding litigation and setting back states on their obligations under settlements of past lawsuits. John Robb, a Newton attorney representing the 63 districts in the Schools for Fair Funding group, was unequivocal about the responsibility of Kansas lawmakers: "They are using the recession as the excuse to somehow negate a case that took six trips to the Kansas Supreme Court. The state controls the checkbook. If the state wants more resources, they just get more resources. But we're on this huge tax-cutting binge." But state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, signaled that this isn't 2005 and that a new Republican governor and more decidedly conservative Legislature won't be so quick to cave to the high court. "We're going to stand up and fight this thing and not take it lying down, like we did last time," Kelsey said.