After a four-day break designed to temporarily stop legislative pay and allow time to regroup ahead of the final push, we returned to Topeka after Memorial Day to continue work on several key issues.
I spoke with many of you about the issues facing Kansas during last fall's campaign, during the legislative session, and most recently while I was home over the Memorial Day weekend. The level of frustration was palpable and the message very clear: balance the budget, roll back the governor's tax cuts and fund our schools.
The last several weeks of the legislative session were a frustrating but necessary first step in restoring fiscal sanity to our state, putting an end to the governor's tax experiment, and constitutionally funding our schools. While this was a big step in the right direction, this was simply a start. There is still much work to be done, but we made major headway in the areas of K-12 Education Finance, Tax, and Budget Reform.
K-12 Education Finance
The House engaged in a nearly five-hour debate on Sub HB 2410, our school finance plan. This bill creates a new school finance formula and adds new money to K-12 schools. I provided an overview of the school finance plan in my last newsletter.
I submitted an explanation of vote for the record and was joined by a number of colleagues: