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Archive for Saturday, April 21, 2001

Budget amendments for education rejected

April 21, 2001

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— Gov. Bill Graves' attempt to add more funds to higher education institutions, including Kansas University, was rejected by the Senate budget-writing committee Friday.

The committee voted down budget amendments submitted by Graves, which would have provided $9.4 million to regents universities, including $2.8 million to KU and nearly $1 million to KU Medical Center.

Ironically it was Graves' fellow Republicans on the committee who rejected the amendments while Democrats on the committee voted for them.

Some Republicans have expressed displeasure with Graves' amendments, saying they would force lawmakers to approve a tax increase.

The Legislature returns Wednesday to address a $205 million revenue shortfall in a $9.1 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2002, which starts July 1.

Graves has called for a tax increase, but House and Senate budget writers have been trying to bridge the gap without new taxes.

In addition to the revenue shortfall, Graves has requested about $35.5 million more in spending in various areas.

Of that amount, Graves proposed allocating $9.4 million to the Kansas Board of Regents. This was to make up for budget cuts Graves made earlier and to continue a state matching fee that goes toward purchasing technology equipment.

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