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Governor Brownback signing the veto message. (Photo from the governor's office)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 6th

Lawmakers could try to override the veto as soon as Tuesday evening.

The Legislature approved a $1.2 billion tax plan then passed a school funding bill that would add nearly $300 million over two years for public education.
Kansas News Service Tuesday, June 6th

Lawmakers worked into the early morning hours to agree on a tax increase to fix the state budget and meet a court mandate on school funding. Governor Sam Brownback responded immediately with a promise to veto the bill.  Brownback said the measure had "many deficiencies" and would hurt the state's economy. 

The Kansas Senate Chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

The votes send the bill to the governor for consideration.

Kansas News Service Monday, June 5th

The combination bill would have raised income taxes and funded schools. 

A debate in the Kansas House earlier this session. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

Some lawmakers were not keen on combining the two major issues.

Govenor Brownback speaking last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, June 5th

The bill would allow public health care facilities to continue banning guns.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Sunday, June 4th

The plan combines a new system for funding schools with tax increases.

A tax conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers meeting last month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, June 2nd

Legislators are planning to work through the weekend.

The Kansas Senate Chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 1st

Health care facilities currently have the option to bar guns, but that will end soon.

Senate President Susan Wagle presides over a debate earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, May 31st

The proposal would add around $235 million in funding over two years.

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