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One does wonder if the editorially board that endorsed Brownback now regrets their endorsement.
We all have regrets; to err is human.
So the important question is, what are the Kansans who endorsed and helped elect Brownback and the current slate of legislators going to do to mitigate the damage being done to the state?
Was it worth it?
Full audits are very costly. There would need to be compelling evidence of fraud or mismanagement in order to justify an exceptional process of this sort.
I have a better idea for Senator Arpke. Stop funding Washburn! They are a municipal university that offers nothing of value to the state, except a law school for those who can't get accepted to KU. According to the last data that I found, Washburn received $11 million of state money in 2011. I'm sure that amount is higher today. There is your $10 million for the new KU facility. Problem solved.
I'm not sure how it can be unfair to ask the University of Kansas to justify every penny it spends. They seek millions and millions from the taxpayers as though it is some type of entitlement. They have raised their costs to the breaking point where more Kansans than any point in time cannot afford the education. Students attending other schools in the state for half the price are graduating faster and with equal or more opportunity with a few exceptions. Kansas University is moving slowest to reform the educational process which includes a real and significant reduction in cost of operations. To suggest because they are as cheap as Missouri, or Nebraska or Oklahoma or Harvard and Yale doesn't mean anything to me. If the cost of other colleges go up 15 percent it's not okay that KU's went up 10%. Yet that is the game these schools want to play. In the end the only losers are the students leaving campus with insurmountable debt that will take years or a life time to pay off and an expectation that the taxpayer should cover these costs. Every school in Kansas needs routine financial rectal exams with an expectation that their costs be reversed. All KU has do do the fund the new medical building is call up their endowment group and write the check. Done deal no cost to the taxpayer. Walk around Allen Field House and the Football Stadium, and other locations on campus if you have any doubt. It is pretty difficult to expect the taxpayer to fund a new medical building for KUMED when the University of Kansas main project in the news is a 25 million dollar recreational center. Which is it more doctors or more fun and games?
Good job Sir. Are you finally figuring out your Golden Boy is going to screw KU and the K-12 schools? You are learning, albeit slowly.
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