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House budget negotiators back off from across-the-board cuts to higher education

April 5, 2013

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— House Republican budget leaders on Friday backed off a major portion of proposed cuts to higher education.

For weeks, they had pushed for an across-the-board cut of 4 percent, or $30 million, to post-secondary institutions, while the Senate had recommended a 2 percent cut. The 4 percent cut would have reduced funding by nearly $30 million.

On Friday, the House side withdrew from the 4 percent cut by taking dollars from the state highway program. Shortly afterward, state Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, and chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, agreed to the proposal, saying he wanted "to get the elephants off the table."

But Masterson later pulled back, saying he wanted to study the effects of transferring $30 million from the highway fund to higher education.

"We really hadn't had a lot of time to evaluate that. The good news is it looks like they (the House) are willing to give up those cuts and I'm not opposed to that," Masterson said.

The sides appear to be moving closer to Gov. Sam Brownback's position, which is to keep higher education at current levels.

Both sides ended negotiations as legislators started a monthlong break. The Legislature will reconvene May 8 to start the wrap-up session.

While the House's proposed budgetary position would remove the across-the-board cuts, it still includes a proposed salary cap that officials say would cost Kansas University Medical Center $5.3 million and the KU Lawrence campus $1.3 million.

Comments

Paul R Getto 1 year, 4 months ago

A small bit of good news, but they are not yet done scorching Kansas' earth.

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LogicMan 1 year, 4 months ago

Would this funds transfer delay the SLT completion?

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 4 months ago

The GOP proves time and time again that they are incapable of good governance. The lunatics are running the asylum.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 4 months ago

Who gave them the authority to run the asylum?

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 4 months ago

Paul, do you actually think that scolding the voting populace and calling them names will motivated and encourage civic engagement...?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 4 months ago

Do you really think that posting comments on the LJW has any effect whatsoever on the voting populace?

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 4 months ago

Actually, I think there are some people here who take voting cues from each other. Yes.

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 4 months ago

Not me. I've never voted for the GOP lunacy in this state.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 4 months ago

Abolishing abortion is so important to the pitiful Kansas voter that he puts his own economic future in jeopardy by electing these GOP right wing anarchists who happen to be against abortion.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 4 months ago

toe, there is no benefit to preventing the Regents' institutions from being able to offer competitive, market-place wages to current or prospective employees. The wage freeze is myopic at best, and anti-intellectual elitism at worst.

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