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House panel endorses Brownback’s higher ed budget, including funds for KU Med Center building

February 25, 2013

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— The House Appropriations Committee on Monday endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's higher education budget, but several committee members voiced disapproval about spending levels at public universities.

Committee Chair Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, asked why higher education couldn't take a 10 percent cut.

Rep. Ward Cassidy, R-St. Francis, who chaired the education subcommittee, said the committee felt the universities were doing a good job. He added, "The governor stressed not to touch higher education."

Brownback's budget essentially keeps higher education funding flat with several enhancements, including $10 million over two years to help build a medical education building at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City Kan.

The Appropriations Committee agreed with that recommendation which could set up a confrontation with the Senate because the Senate budget committee took that $10 million out of the budget.

Cassidy passed out an information sheet to committee members that showed a 1 percent cut to higher education would slice $7.3 million, which includes a total of $2.4 million from KU and KU Med.

But the memo states that, based on previous studies, "for every one percent the Legislature cuts higher education, there will be a $90 million negative impact on the Kansas economy."

The budget recommendation will next go to the full House for consideration.

Comments

Kevin Haislip 1 year, 1 month ago

brownback is the biggest setback that this state has ever seen. what a loser.

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JJTitan83 1 year, 1 month ago

What, you mean Brownback's cronies approved his proposal? I'm just shocked.

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question4u 1 year, 1 month ago

"The memo states that, based on previous studies, 'for every one percent the Legislature cuts higher education, there will be a $90 million negative impact on the Kansas economy.'"

"Committee Chair Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, asked why higher education couldn't take a 10 percent cut."

So, Marc Rhodes asks why the Kansas economy can't handle a $900 million negative impact. This is the CHAIR of the appropriations committee!

Send in the clowns...don't bother, they're here.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 1 month ago

Why couldn't KU have used the Fairway building for the new Med-School? Everytime I drive by KU Med there there are a multitude of new buildings going up.

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