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Letters to the Editor

University repairs

March 19, 2007

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To the editor:

The Kansas Legislature is trying to figure out how to pay for the needed repairs and maintenance of our state universities. My experience with deferring maintenance is it usually costs quite a bit more to fix than when the problem was originally identified. With education, especially post-secondary, almost being a necessity for a decent wage, this procrastination has to stop.

It is easier for the taxpayer to accept a small yearly raise in state taxes than a huge one. Education along with common sense is what is needed to solve the problem now and prevent it from happening in the future. What it boils down to is, without education, people will not be able to better themselves, resulting in low state revenues.

William R. "Randy" Merson, Junction City

Comments

Bruce Bertsch 7 years, 1 month ago

30 years ago education was highly subsidized. Today it is subsidized on a percentage basis at a rate about 1/3 of than in 1971. Tuition has increased nearly 100% in the past 5 years because the legislature sees no need for quality higher education. It's more important to keep the pledge not to raise taxes. This is exceedingly short-sighted. The buildings on the 6 universities are the property of the State of Kansas. The legislature is charged with providing funds for proper maintenance and upkeep, which they haven't done for some time. Now the price, or lost opportunity cost of not funding it in the first place has come back to haunt them. This is not the fault of the students, it is the fault of the legislature.

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sinedie 7 years, 1 month ago

Part of the problem is irresponsible money management by the universities themselves. An absurd amount of money goes through their hands every year, as income from athletic revenues and student tuitions/fees. And they can't fix their classrooms?

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SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 1 month ago

Here's an idea: have the STUDENTS pay for the costs associated with their already highly taxpayer-subsidized education.

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