State lawmakers managed to get through this past legislative session without a school shutdown and with a budget that technically balances (with the help of fund transfers, payment delays and internal borrowing). But next year’s session will get “pretty ugly,” warned Martin Hawver of Hawver’s Capitol Report. That’s because lawmakers put off difficult tax and spending decisions and still face a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on whether the state is adequately funding public schools. “The state is surviving on a payday loan and is awaiting what could be hundreds of millions of dollars of additional spending necessary for K-12 education next year,” Hawver wrote. – Phillip Brownlee
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