The Latest on the Kansas Legislature’s debates over raising taxes to fix the state budget and provide additional money for public schools (all times local):
12:15 a.m. Wednesday
The Kansas Senate has advanced a bill that would phase in an increase in spending on public schools of roughly $230 million over two years.
Senators gave the measure first-round approval just after midnight Tuesday on a voice vote. They planned to take another, final vote later Wednesday morning to determine whether their bill goes to the House.
The House has a rival plan to phase in a $285 million increase in aid to the state’s 286 school districts over two years. Legislative negotiators are likely to draft a final, compromise plan.
Both chambers’ measures are a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate. The state now spends about $4 billion a year.
Democrats said neither plan is adequate.