TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators in both parties and both
chambers agree that the state pension system's long-term funding
gap is a serious problem that must be tackled this year.
But the House and Senate are taking dramatically different
approaches. That could complicate efforts to agree on solutions.
Both chambers have plans that would require the state to
increase its annual contribution to the state pension system. Both
ask public employees to make some sacrifices as well.
But the Senate's plan follows conventional wisdom among most
officials. It says the concessions imposed on teachers and state
workers can't be overly one-sided under Kansas law or past court
The House plan goes against that conventional wisdom, and public
employee groups and some legislators believe its passage would land
the state in court.