- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A state official says the Kansas Legislature’s special session on education funding will cost at least $43,000 a day.

Legislative Administrative Services Director Thomas Day said Wednesday that lawmakers’ salaries and expense payments will be most of the cost. He said the Legislature would operate with a skeleton staff.

Gov. Sam Brownback called a special session that will begin June 23 to respond to a state Supreme Court order last month.

The court rejected changes in school finance laws made earlier this year. It warned that schools will not be able to open after June 30 unless legislators make the education funding system fairer to poor districts.

When lawmakers are in session, they receive $88.66 in salary and $140 for expenses each day, for a total of $228.66.

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