Daily Archives: Sept. 24, 2010

Holland says Brownback school plan would raise property taxes; offers debate anytime

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland said Friday that his Republican opponent Sam Brownback’s plan for school finance would force property taxes upwards.

A Brownback spokeswoman said that is not the case and that Holland is confusing Brownback’s proposal with a Republican state representative’s plan that Brownback does not support.

Citing a quote from a Kansas City TV interview, Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, charged that Brownback, a US senator from Topeka, wants to change the school finance system to something “more like an earlier school finance bill in Kansas, before the current bill.”

The current finance plan was put together by lawmakers after medium-sized districts succeeded in a court case challenging whether the state was meeting its constitutional obligation to provide suitable education throughout the state.

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