Does the school funding case cloud Brownback’s legacy?
Brownback banks on massive personal income tax cuts boosting the state’s economy. His successful push for the reductions makes Kansas a lab for conservative ideas.
But Brownback’s signature policy stands to unravel if aggrieved school districts and students pursuing the lawsuit succeed in forcing a dramatic increase in education spending.
A lower-court ruling said Kansas must increase annual aid to its public schools by at least $440 million. Projections from the Legislature’s research staff suggest that the state can’t add so much new spending to its annual budgets with the income tax cuts in place.