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One step forward on school funding, dozens back

If the Kansas House's approval of more funding for public schools seemed too good to be true, it was. The House voted Tuesday to add $50 million to K-12 funding next fiscal year. That was $27 million less than what the Senate approved, but still an important statement that House lawmakers agree that schools need more funding. Then Wednesday, the House rammed through a massive tax cut that likely means the state won't have the money to pay for the funding increase. What's more, the projected billion-dollar deficits in coming years will mean more big budget cuts for schools and social services.