June 18, 2024

TOPEKA — A number of school districts have asked the Kansas Supreme Court to reopen the old Montoy lawsuit that alleges money is not distributed fairly among the various school districts in the state and that the legislature is underfunding education. State Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, said the whole idea of reopening the lawsuit is fraught with political problems. Critics are sure to notice that the school districts are using tax dollars to sue another taxing entity, he said. He said he doesn’t think that is necessarily healthy. There’s discretionary money to be spent, Apple said. “We have to realize we’re in a national downtown in the economy and it’s going to affect everyone,” he said. The governor’s proposals for tax increases is not garnering traction; indeed, he said the public budget deficit of $400 million may be much worse.

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