Local lawmakers weigh in on 2018 Legislative session Featured

From left to right: Sen. Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia) and Rep. Mark Schreiber (R-Emporia) From left to right: Sen. Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia) and Rep. Mark Schreiber (R-Emporia) KVOE File Photos.

Lawmakers adjourned the 2018 Kansas Legisaltive session on Friday having tackled many of the issues they set out to do this year.

Among the top priorities was passing an education funding bill that would satisfy the Supreme Court, putting together a fiscally responsible state budget and attempting to pass tax reform. As for whether the bill went far enough, Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine says he's confident the Legislature's $525 million, five-year package should appease the Supreme Court.

60th District Representative Mark Schreiber of Emporia also remains confident in the education funding bill.

In terms of the budget, Longbine says overall he's pleased with the shape the state's budget is currently in.

Rep. Schreiber notes that the state's economy is progressing from where it was a few years ago.

As for education funding, the ball remains in the hands of the Supreme Court. Both Longbine and Schreiber remain confident in the $525 million five-year package turned into the court, including the $80 million fix done in late April, which Gov. Jeff Colyer plans to sign on Monday.

Meanwhile, the state's credit rating has also improved. S&P Global Ratings upgraded Kansas from a negative rating to stable. Rep. Schreiber says it furthers his point that the economy is recovering.

 

Sen. Longbine agrees.

 

Lawmakers in both the Senate and House adjourned until January but could potentially be called back for a special session depending on how the Supreme Court rules on education funding. The high court plans to issue its decision no later than June 30.

 

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