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More economic hits coming for education, treasurer says

State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, left, talks to John Peck, Lawrence, about Greensburg and the town's  rebuilding efforts after the town was largely destroyed by a tornado in May 2007. McKinney spoke at the Lawrence Rotary club Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Lawrence Holidome.

State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, left, talks to John Peck, Lawrence, about Greensburg and the town's rebuilding efforts after the town was largely destroyed by a tornado in May 2007. McKinney spoke at the Lawrence Rotary club Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Lawrence Holidome.

June 8, 2009

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The state treasurer warned Monday that public schools and higher education could be hit hard by more budget cuts in coming months.

“We’ll be a little while climbing out of this, so there are more cuts coming,” Dennis McKinney, a Greensburg Democrat, said Monday before he addressed the Lawrence Rotary Club at the Lawrence Holidome.

“But it’s important that we maintain that research and that critical workforce development effort that positions us where we need to be in the future for job growth.”

Gov. Mark Parkinson and state leaders have struggled with falling revenues during the recession, and Parkinson already has warned that more cuts will be coming as part of the state’s 2010 fiscal year. It begins July 1, and budget leaders say the state already faces a $174 million deficit.

McKinney said that during difficult economic times the state still needed to protect research efforts and other job training programs. He mentioned cancer research efforts at Kansas University, aviation research at Wichita State University and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed McKinney, the former Kansas House minority leader, as treasurer in January after Republican Lynn Jenkins won a seat in Congress. Parkinson, who became governor when Sebelius was tapped to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has said he will not run to keep the office in 2010.

And it appears McKinney isn’t interested, either.

“I’m about 90 to 95 percent sure right now I’ll be running for state treasurer,” he said.

He said the Democratic candidate field could emerge this summer. On the Republican side, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh are pursuing the nomination.

“(Democrats) will look for a candidate with good business sense and someone who can bring together people from both sides of the aisle,” McKinney said.

Comments

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 6 months ago

That is your Democrat talking, Merrill and others.

Boeing 5 years, 6 months ago

log, put the drugs down and slowly back away. slowwwwly.

true_patriot 5 years, 6 months ago

We're keeping the phase-out of the estate tax and reduction in certain corporate taxes, but slashing beyond the bone to education, including higher education which is a huge economic engine for the state. And we wonder why we fall further and further behind the rest of the world while the equity gap between socio-economic classes in America continues to accelerate.

This kind of divide is what the country's founders tried to prevent - looks like they failed.

greywolf85203 5 years, 6 months ago

They want to keep training programs open but they throw out first, second and third year teachers? I think that there should be cuts in the District office not just in the schools. What most of the people in the area do not know is there are about 50 jobs there that are not required! Larger school districts operate on much smaller District offices and put the funds to the students not lining officals pockets. Come on people these are our children and the future of this country. If the government keeps being allowed to cut our education funding then we will be lucky if students can read, write, and understand math concepts when they are adults.... scary huh that our future is turning bleak just to save an offical from having to give up their sports cars???

remember_username 5 years, 6 months ago

The majority of people living in Kansas believe that higher education produces mostly leftist liberals and little economic benefits. The majority of people living in Kansas do not believe that those working in higher education are working very hard. If they do happen to drive through a campus the long hours, cramped offices, and minimal pay is hidden behind old stone buildings. In public view are the vast athletic engines, funded in mystery, that have nothing to do with higher education. They might see some groundskeepers or facilities workers surrounding a tool of some sort, but these are not educators. The only educator they might see is one the media finds interesting enough to sell advertising time, and those most interesting are usually some wacko that serves as an example of why tenure is a bad idea. Why should they pay a few dollars more in taxes for that? The average Kansan simply does not see any substantial benefit to higher education – and they will never see it without a decent education.

Wow21 5 years, 6 months ago

“But it’s important that we maintain that research and that critical workforce development effort that positions us where we need to be in the future for job growth.”

And the way to maintain the critical workforce development is to cut education more? Highly educated students translate into highly educated professionals which translates into more taxes being paid. Education has been cut to death and the kids are the ones that suffer but since they can't vote and silver hairs who oppose any tax increase whatsoever can, we continue to screw the education system. What they fail to realize is that the kids they are cheating today are the ones they will depend on to pay their social security in the future. Personally, I'd rather have the income taxes from an engineer than a fry cook at Burger King, but that's just me.

It doesn't matter anyway the Legislature has been looking for a fight with education every since they were slapped around by the Supreme Court. They should be careful what they wish for because they're going to get it.

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