TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach clashed Tuesday night over spending on public schools while finding a point of agreement in their otherwise contentious Republican primary race in opposing efforts to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Kobach is trying to unseat Colyer in the Aug. 7 primary and appealed during a televised forum to fellow conservatives by attacking Colyer over a new state law that promises to phase in a $548 million increase in public schools funding over five years.
The law was a response to a Kansas Supreme Court decision in October that the state’s total education funding of more than $4 billion a year wasn’t adequate under the state constitution. The court ruled last month that the higher funding still isn’t sufficient but gave lawmakers until next spring to fix it.