Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gov. Brownback supports engineering initiative, wants to ensure funds will spur job creation

May 18, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday voiced support for measures aimed at increasing the number of engineering graduates in Kansas.

The initiatives were among the last actions of the 2011 session, which ended last week, and are headed to Brownback’s desk for his consideration.

Brownback was engaged in final negotiations on the measures.

One bill would provide $10.5 million per year from state gambling revenue to be split equally between Kansas University, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. The program would start in 2013, last 10 years, and the funds would have to be matched by nonstate funds from the schools.

Brownback said he was insistent that funding go through the Kansas Department of Commerce. He said that would ensure that the primary focus of the initiative was job creation.

Another bill approved by the Legislature would give Kansas University the authority to issue $65 million in bonds to build a 100,000-square-foot classroom building for the engineering school. This would be built adjacent to a 34,600-square-foot engineering lab currently under construction.

Higher education and industry officials have set a goal of increasing the number of engineering graduates in the state from 875 per year to 1,365 graduates per year by 2021.


Brian Hall 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes, give money the state can't afford to the universities that seems to not need money (considering athletics, tuition, alumni donations) but take money away from public schools which is supposed to prepare kids to enter college. God forbid that $10.5 million go to public education.

Jan Rolls 7 years, 1 month ago

He is a jerk with no sense of what he is doing and obviously he doesn't care.

LogicMan 7 years, 1 month ago

"that $10.5 million go to public education."

Last time I checked, KSU, KU, and WSU were public education institutions.

Are these new funds?

Mr_B9 7 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm, I don't get it. K-12 is mandatory and out of money. KU, KSU and WU are elective and have the abilities to generate their own cash flow. Can anyone explain to me why this is a great idea for the State of Kansas? Where will all the graduates work? How many engineering graduates will stay in Kansas after they walk away with their diplomas? Why engineering Sam?

TopJayhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

They whine when they take money away from KU, and now they whine when it is given to KU. Is no one happy in Larrrytown?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

The complaint is the complete politicization of this funding. And it's a valid one.

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