June 06, 2005

Establishment Claus: Nothing's the Matter with Kansas

by Guest Contributor

The Powerline guys are deeply critical of this Kansas decision, where the state's high court unanimously ordered the legislature to increase its education spending by $285 million based on an estimate by consultants that twice that increase was necessary and a constitutional provision ordering the legislature to provide 'sufficient funds'.

A couple of things they leave out:
(1) The legislature didn't even provide an alternate cost estimate.
(2) The "unelected consultants" were actually retained by the legislature.

This looks like a case of criminally bad lawyering on the legislative counsel's part, nothing else. (Or, alternatively, a case the legislature punted so as to pass the buck for tax hikes and/or spending cuts they didn't want to try to sell otherwise).

June 6, 2005 08:50 PM | TrackBack
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