60th District Representative Mark Schreiber weighs in on conclusion of 2019 legislative session Featured

60th District Representative Mark Schreiber 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber KVOE File Photo

60th District Representative Mark Schreiber feels the recently concluded legislative session was very successful from a budgetary standpoint.

Schreiber, KVOE's Newsmaker 2 guest Tuesday, says the final day in the House of Representatives was relatively quiet, however, saw quite a few items addressed. This included an override of a package of budget items with a vote of 86-30.

Schreiber explains he is pleased with the budgetary matters handled throughout the session and feels the new budget passed this year will have positive impacts in the local community. He explains the new budget helps make up for cuts to higher education from past years and has even added additional money on top of it.

Schreiber's confidence in financial matters also carries over to the $90 million increase proposal for education funding sent off to the Kansas Supreme Court this session. He feels the legislature met all mandates set forth by the high court and believes this could finally see the education funding matter put to bed.

However, Schreiber does say if the court were to disapprove of the increase there could be "a number of bad reactions."

While much was accomplished this year Schreiber did express his disappointment in not seeing Medicaid expansion gain approval. Despite his dissapointment, Schreiber is confident it will be one of the first items addressed during the 2020 legislative session.

Schreiber anticipates the decision may be handed down either this Friday or next.

Schreiber will be in Emporia Tuesday as part of the final legislative dialogue of the year at 6 pm in the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial. You can listen to the full interview with Representative Schreiber online in the KVOE.com Audio Vault.

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