Archive for Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Budget decisions for KU maintenance delayed

March 19, 2008


— The proposed budget before the full House today delays many major budget decisions, including those for higher education and Kansas University.

"No money," said House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls.

"When you get to a situation when you are short on money, what you need to do is fund the things that absolutely have to happen to keep the government running," he said.

The budget proposal calls for spending $6.4 billion in state general tax revenues for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee removed many of the funding increases sought by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat.

"It's a procedure that the majority party is using," state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence.

What it means is that many budget decisions will be reviewed and made during the so-called wrap-up session next month - after lawmakers have a more current report on revenue projections. The delay has become standard procedure in recent years in the budget process.

The proposed budget would postpone consideration of a $19.7 million increase in the operating grant to higher education institutions. Also to be reviewed next month would be a $3 million increase in the grant program for financially needy students.

For KU, the budget would delay consideration of $50 million in bonds to expand the School of Pharmacy.

But it would approve several construction projects that KU is paying for itself through student fees or private dollars.

Those projects include $15 million in improvements to Allen Fieldhouse; $13 million for renovation of Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall; $7 million for a classroom-shop facility for the School of Architecture; $5 million for an addition to the Structural Biology Center; $5 million for renovation of Breidenthal Research Building; and $2.3 million for renovation of Smissman Lab.


shockchalk 10 years, 3 months ago

He never responds "no money" when they're talking about the millions they need to refurbish the capital. Interesting.

nobody1793 10 years, 3 months ago

The problem with deferred maintenance is similar to not having health insurance or not doing oil changes on your car. You save a little bit of money now, but it can turn into much bigger bills down the road.

shockchalk 10 years, 3 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront. Do you personally know the custodial staff at Watson library? I think your post would have made more sense with a few minor word changes............The State Legislature has sure let the entrance to Watson run down. The State Legislature is lazy/greedy and they don't care about the buildings they are responsible for maintaining. It's deferred maintenance, it is not neglected maintenance. There, now it's a believable post.

shockchalk 10 years, 3 months ago

Maintenance is deferred when there isn't enough money in the state budget to take care of the building equipment and do preventive maintenance. It may be easy to try and blame the Chancellor but it wouldn't be accurate. These are State buildings and it is the State Legislatures responsibility to take care of them. As far as the campus's beautiful and I think the custodial/landscape/maintenance staff do a great job keeping it that way!

GO KU! Win in Omaha!

shockchalk 10 years, 3 months ago

Actually, when it comes to snow removal, most cities could learn a thing or two from KU. They get tthe snow off the roads, sidewalks, and stairs in a very short amount of time. KUDO's to KU and their employees!

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