Today is the final day of work in the Capitol before the legislature goes on an extended April break. It's true the grass turned greener this week on some key issues, yet others are still surrounded by a haze of fog and uncertainty.
Three big topics took up most of the legislature's attention this week: the budget, school finance, and other conference committee reports. Last night, the mostly-Senate version of the school finance plan passed and is
now on its way to Gov. Laura Kelly
. This plan accounts for the inflationary factors that the legislature was on task to resolve before the April 15 Supreme Court deadline.
House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means (the two budget committees) met numerous times to discuss more than 100 items in the budget on which they needed to compromise. A few big items such as the PMIB (Pooled Money Investment Board) loan repayment and Medicaid expansion funding are unresolved, and a budget will not be passed before they go on break.
The full legislature is
scheduled to return
on May 1 for the veto session. Members will have more revenue data from the mid-April consensus revenue group's meeting, which will help inform decisions on the FY 19 and FY 20 budgets.