On National Teacher Appreciation Day, Here’s What Kansas Could Buy Instead of Paying Kobach’s Legal Fines

May 8, 2018

On National Teacher Appreciation Day, Here’s What Kansas Could Buy Instead of Paying Kobach’s Legal Fines

Contempt of Court Penalty Could Cost Nearly $52,000

Topeka, KS – Yesterday, Kansas taxpayers learned that Kris Kobach’s contempt of court penalty for lying to a federal judge could end up costing them $52,000. Since today is national teacher appreciation day, here’s a short list of things that Kansas would be better off spending that money on:

  • 20,800 school lunches
  • 26,000 notebooks
  • 249,000 no. 2 pencils
  • 92 students’ bus costs for an entire year
  • 347 Chromebooks
  • A teacher to fill one of Kansas’ 1,500 vacancies

Kobach clearly doesn’t care about improving Kansas’ schools. He opposes any increased funding for education, and is okay with our kids going to school in “double-wide trailer[s]” and “shabby buildings.”

“The last thing Kansas should be spending taxpayer money on is Kris Kobach’s penalties for lying to the court,” said KDP Executive Director Ethan Corson. “Kobach’s antics are taking money away from our classrooms and he doesn’t care. Kansas deserves a governor who won’t use $52,000 in taxpayer money to pay for their legal failures. Kobach should stop wasting tax dollars and pay the fines himself.”

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