Kansas lawmakers face major tasks on taxes, schools when they return in May
TOPEKA -- Whether taxes will go up — and whose taxes may be affected — remains an open question as Kansas lawmakers leave for a three-week break.
Also unresolved is how much money schools will receive next year.
When they return May 1, lawmakers face a June 30 deadline to pass a new education finance formula after Kansas Supreme Court justices found the system inadequate.
They must pass a spending plan for the next two years.
And they will need to find a way to pay for that budget and for any increase in school funding. If that includes tax increases, they must develop a plan that wins the approval of Gov. Sam Brownback — or one that can draw enough votes to override his veto.