Politics
3:16 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

House Shoots Down Lynch Plan

As expected, the House rejected Governor Lynch’s education funding constitutional amendment.

But about a third of the Republicans actually voted for the plan.

For several weeks, GOP leaders have said the governor’s proposal is all but dead on arrival in the House.

The key problem- most conservatives believe it gives the courts too much say over future education funding formulas.

But long-time lawmaker, Republican Neal Kurk urged colleagues to step back and think carefully.

“I ask you not to hold forth to the absoluteness of your principles. I ask you to be a little pragmatic today, and vote for the possible. An improvement over the current situation.”

While the House has defeated this proposal, the state Senate still is expected to pick up a slightly different amendment early next year.

And judging by the House’s vote, there is sizeable group of Republicans who welcome a proposal that looks a lot like the Lynch plan.