Gov. Sam Brownback wrote in a commentary (Oct. 26 Opinion) that his administration has increased state funding on education by $200 million. But that “is just one particular way of spinning the numbers,” wrote Lawrence Journal-World education reporter Peter Hancock. Of that total, nearly $143 million was increased contributions to the state’s pension plan – money that schools can’t use for operating costs. Another $29.5 million of the increase was approved by the Legislature more than six months before Brownback was elected. Hancock noted that Brownback compared fiscal year 2010, the budget year that ended six months before he came into office, with fiscal year 2015, which doesn’t begin until next July. “If we compare the budget that was in place when Brownback was sworn into office, fiscal year 2011, to the current fiscal year, total state spending has actually been cut by nearly $24 million,” Hancock wrote.
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