A carefully crafted compromise on public school funding is threatened in the legislature, bringing a sharp rebuke from the Education Committee chairwoman.
Education Committee chairwoman, Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, left no doubt that she opposes an amendment that has been filed to alter a school funding compromise that earlier broke through a legislative impasse.
Sullivan sees the move as a money grab by some school districts.
“A 20% increase for some school districts is not enough. An 11% increase for a school district is not enough,” Sullivan told colleagues during a legislative floor speech. “They didn’t win enough. They want it all.”
Sullivan stated she would not go along with any attempt to change the delicate balance reached on LB 407. She emphasized that she didn’t like the compromise, that she preferred the committee measure she brought to the floor, but that she will fight to make the compromise stick.
Sullivan warned colleagues that if they veer from the compromise they will prove that the lobbyists, not the lawmakers run the Unicameral.
Sullivan made her remarks during legislative debate on the $7.8 billion state budget for the next two years.
The legislature began debate on the seven budget bills Tuesday. Budget debate is expected to resume today.
The school funding bill is LB 407.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: Sen. Kate Sullivan decries an amendment filed to change the school funding compromise during a floor speech. [4:30]