Anthony Hensley is the Senate Minority Leader in the Kansas State Senate. He’s recently been critical of the state congress’s unmet responsibilities, claiming that other politicians should form an appropriate fiscal budget and plan for public education.
Talks about public education seem to be pervasive to all states, if not all nations, as new issues with public education are popping up here, there, and everywhere – not just Kansas. While tackling countless problems at once will likely never work – or, if it does, it doesn’t work often; when that does happen, the finished results are almost always bad – which is why Anthony Hensley has recently expressed highly critical views of his fellow Kansas state senators.
Those Kansas congresspeople had actually submitted a plan to appropriate state bodies several weeks ago, though it was quickly shut down by the Kansas Supreme Court. Hensley shared just yesterday, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Kansas state senate had a meager 0-12 record when arguing financing plans in the name of public education since 2003 – that’s the past fifteen years.
Here’s how the financing breaks down on proposed budgets Hensley had put forward: the initial financing outlay he had submitted to higher authorities within the state’s government slated to beef up contributions to the entirety of public education by an even $200 million in each of the following three years. Hensley was able to authorize such expenditures because a surplus was slated to pop up in the general fund of Kansas, a term in nonprofit accounting, a field mandated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, that keeps up with the most basic of expenditures and inflows.
Unfortunately for Hensley, that first plan didn’t go through the Kansas Supreme Court. A second plan was adopted from Lori Taylor, an independent consultant that the state’s Republican congresspeople hired to devise. That plan asked for at least $451 million in additional investments, and recommended that it should collectively beef up public education spending by anywhere between $1.8 and $2 billion through the end of 2024.
While that plan actually wasn’t advanced to the Kansas Supreme Court, it was still shot down by counts of 28-10 and 26-10, indicating a strong lack of agreement between parties within the state Senate of Kansas.
The deadline for a budget to find its way into acceptance is April 30, after which the plan will certainly be unfavorable.