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The legislature needs to start investing in the future of Kansas. This simply cannot be done through cuts in tax rates or through tax abatements. The only way to invest in Kansas into build the best primary, secondary and higher education systems in the country and to build the best transportation system in the country. Do that, and the Kansas economy will take care of itself. Don't do that, and Kansas is the new Mississippi.
Perhaps some efficiencies could be achieved by merging KU, WSU and Washburn into a KU system like the UT system in Texas. UT has its main campus in Austin with satellite campuses in Arlington, El Paso, and other cities. Similarly, KSU, ESU, FHSU, PSU, could be merged into a Kansas State system like Texas A&M has. At a minimum, we could eliminate several university president positions and duplicate administrative services like payroll and personnel. This would be a hard change, but I throw it out as a compromise if financial cuts are needed. Let's do it through structural changes, not cuts to educational programs themselves.
My problem isn't so much that legislators are cutting funding, but that the only result of that is higher tuition; making it that much harder for students to afford higher education.
There has to be a better way to force universities to cut back spending, because they haven't done much.
Why is the rightwing goal always to cut spending? That by itself is meaningless. I had a car salesman once ask me, "what do you want to pay for this car?" I told him, "one dollar." What I want to pay and what is reasonable are two entirely different things. The GOP just keeps saying, "One dollar! One dollar!" Sadly, life is way more complicated than that. They know it. You have to give them credit for being the master of the 10-second soundbite. If they really want to negotiate with Obama on the ACA and with democrats in general, the American public would welcome that. But, that won't happen because the can't sell that on Fox News or to the tea party. Same is true at Kansas politics. The goop dominates but governs like they are the minority party and just try to stonewall everything. Good grief,
Back-peddle Brownback. Agreeing to talk about undoing a few of the problems he helped cause. You don't get credit for a non-solution to a problem you created.
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