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College students lobby against budget cuts

February 16, 2010, 12:06 p.m. Updated February 16, 2010, 12:17 p.m.

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Student government leaders from regents universities held a news conference Tuesday to talk about the effect of budget cuts on higher education. From left to right and their schools are Dalton Henry, Kansas State University; Jonathan Krueger, Emporia State University; Bradley Stramel, Fort Hays State University, Zach Gearhart, Wichita State University, and Andrea Cole, Pittsburg State University. Students from Kansas University participated in lobbying legislators but were not at the news conference.

Student government leaders from regents universities held a news conference Tuesday to talk about the effect of budget cuts on higher education. From left to right and their schools are Dalton Henry, Kansas State University; Jonathan Krueger, Emporia State University; Bradley Stramel, Fort Hays State University, Zach Gearhart, Wichita State University, and Andrea Cole, Pittsburg State University. Students from Kansas University participated in lobbying legislators but were not at the news conference.

— Student leaders from regents universities, including Kansas University, were meeting with legislators Tuesday and trying to convey a simple message: “No more cuts.”

“We truly just can’t take it anymore,” said Zach Gearhart, who is student body president at Wichita State University and chairman of the Student Advisory Council.

The students said recent cuts of 12 percent, or more than $100 million to higher education have led to larger classes, fewer course offerings, and and a decrease in campus jobs for students.

Dalton Henry, student body president at Kansas State University, said when students talk with legislators, their reaction has been mixed. He said some have said they will try to raise more revenue for the schools, but with some others “it has been difficult to convey what these past budget cuts” have meant to students.

Because of historic falls in tax revenues, the state has cut $1 billion from its $6.4 billion budget and still faces a $400 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The student leaders said oftentimes higher education gets the short end of the budget because legislators feel that revenue shortfalls at the universities can be made up through higher tuition. But the students said higher tuition will price some students out of a college education, and cannot make up for all the budget cuts.

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Thing 4 years, 2 months ago

Glad you are gone, Farney! We don't miss you!

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FarneyMac 4 years, 2 months ago

It's this hostility towards education and critical thinking that caused me, and so so many others, to leave Kansas for good. What a backwards-thinking place...and I mean both the idiot wingnut legislature and idiot wingnuts like Shardwurm,

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Shardwurm 4 years, 2 months ago

You can't take it any more? All this education and you're too stupid to understand there isn't any money? You're not getting it because it's not there! The Education Industry is bloated and full of over-paid professors who don't teach classes.

They should cut $200 million and force the universities to cut tuition in half. Then you'd just be starting to scratch the surface on the biggest scam in the country.

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Robert Rauktis 4 years, 2 months ago

The future of our basketball team is at stake!

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Robert Rauktis 4 years, 2 months ago

The future of our basketball team is at stake!

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macon47 4 years, 2 months ago

we really need more money to run the state and local schools, but none of us want to pay anymore taxes. how many other people can we stick it to so we can get the money for our stuff but still not have to pay for it??

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