Governor Sam Brownback says he needs more time to study the final version of the school funding bill the Kansas Legislature passed last weekend. Brownback says he believes the bill will satisfy the funding shortcomings cited by the Kansas Supreme Court -– and that the bill meets other educational needs.
Brownback made the comments yesterday (TUE). He was in Kansas City for the official signing of a bill reducing the rates employers are required to pay into the state unemployment trust. Brownback also expressed enthusiasm for a bill under which Kansas would join with other states in asking Congress to provide them with Medicaid expansion money as block grants. The states could then use that money to set up their own healthcare programs. As for whether Congress would actually approve that idea, the governor said there's a chance.
Brownback believes multi-state compacts could provide a greater variety of health insurance choices and lower insurance costs.