Kansas governor promises extra $600M for schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Update, Tuesday evening (Jan. 9):

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that the state phase in a $600 million increase in spending on its public schools over five years without detailing how he'd pay for it.

Brownback included the proposal in his State of the State address Tuesday evening to a joint session of the Legislature.

The proposal is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on public schools.

The court ruled in October that the state's annual aid of $4.3 billion to its public schools was insufficient. Its decision came after lawmakers last year phased in a $293 million increase in education funding.

Brownback told lawmakers that he is proposing to increase spending on schools without increasing taxes. He planned to release detailed budget proposals to lawmakers Wednesday.

In Tuesday's State of the State address, Brownback also discussed social, economic and energy-related issues with the state. He talked about the future of aviation in Kansas, saying he wants the state to play a bigger role in UAV systems as well as general aviation.

The governor shared his dream of Kansas becoming a major player in renewable energy.

Before addressing school financing, Brownback touted pro-life legislation in Kansas, saying there have been 17,000 fewer abortions over the past six years than in the six years prior to that.

You can watch the governor's full State of the State address below:

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Kansas legislators are waiting to see what Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposes on funding for public schools in his annual State of the State address.

Brownback was scheduled to give the annual speech Tuesday evening to a joint session of the Legislature. It will be the term-limited Republican governor's last address.

Lawmakers face a mandate from Kansas Supreme Court to boost spending on public schools.

The court ruled in October that the state's education funding in inadequate under the state constitution even after lawmakers phased in a $293 million increase over two years to increase it to $4.3 billion a year.

Brownback has said he'll have a school funding plan without hinting at the details. He plans to outline his full budget recommendations for lawmakers Wednesday.

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