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Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Regents told to expect budget cuts

November 21, 2001

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Kansas Board of Regents members on Tuesday tried to make their case for increased funding but were told by Gov. Bill Graves' budget office they would probably face proposed budget cuts.

"It's going to be a difficult budget year," said Dick Carter, a spokesman for the regents.

Budget director Duane Goossen met with regents officials to discuss matters.

Because of slumping state revenues, Goossen had earlier recommended no increase in state funding for Kansas University and other public institutions of higher education.

Higher education officials appealed that recommendation but were told that the budget outlook probably would get worse, Carter said.

"They were told to expect the governor's budget to be lower than" the original recommendation, Carter said.

Graves will release his budget Jan. 14, the first day of the 2002 legislative session. He is required by law to present a budget that will stay within available revenue and leave the state a 7.5 percent "rainy day" leftover balance.

Graves already had indicated that all state government functions including education and social services would have to be trimmed from 5 percent to 7 percent because of falling revenues and increasing welfare costs.

But Graves has said that during the legislative session he would advocate for increased revenue to help bridge the gap. Graves also has said he would consider increases in taxes and fees and would look closely at expansion of gaming to enhance state revenues.

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