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Brownback weighs decision on higher ed cuts

June 8, 2013

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— Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday that he’s reviewing “all options” for lessening cuts in higher education spending approved by Kansas legislators, but his choices appear to be limited.

Brownback acknowledged that he is not sure that he can use the governor’s power to veto individual line-items in budget legislation to eliminate just the reductions in state funding from lawmakers for public universities, community colleges and technical colleges. Brownback had wanted to maintain current funding for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.

A bill containing a budget of more than $14 billion for each of the next two fiscal years was delivered to the governor Thursday by legislators, and Brownback has until June 16 to decide whether to sign it, veto the entire measure or veto individual items.

“We’re going to be looking at what all options are (available),” Brownback said. “That’s what we’re analyzing, what’s available for line item vetoes and what impact that has, if there is a line item veto.”

Legislators approved a 1.5 percent cut in state operating funds for the universities for each of the next two fiscal years, as well as a 1.5 percent reduction in funding for community and technical colleges for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.

But state Board of Regents members have said the cuts are deeper than they appear because lawmakers also reduced the state funds available for salaries. They said the higher education system is losing a total of nearly $33 million in state funds over the next two fiscal years.

But the Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff said Friday that the budget is written so that the reductions aren’t separated from other spending for each university or for the Board of Regents.

That means if Brownback wants to eliminate the cuts, he’ll have to veto an institution’s full state funding — forcing legislators to pass additional budget legislation when their only remaining business scheduled is a brief, formal adjournment ceremony June 20. Another option would be to ask lawmakers next year to pass a supplemental funding bill, though they’ve not done that for several years.

Brownback said he and his staff haven’t yet had a chance to fully review the 553-page budget measure.

“We’re really looking at it on a line-by-line basis,” he said. “We’re going to do everything we can, looking at the budget.”

Comments

verity 10 months, 1 week ago

I'm torn. Brownback certainly looks stupid---nobody home behind those eyes, but his actions would say he knows exactly what he's doing. I suspect there's a handler whispering in his ear at all times. A ventriloquist comes to mind.

Or maybe he's smarter than he seems. No, I'm going with the handler.

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Trumbull 10 months, 1 week ago

Public Universities and colleges are very visible and it is what many think of when they think of good qualities a particular state has. They often stand right up front. They add to the quality of life and future. To neglect them and undercut funding is shortsighted to say the least. These institutions and there benefits make us proud.

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mikekt 10 months, 1 week ago

Brownback, as usual, deserves an Oscar ! What aa amazing actor....... he truly is !

He's always in his preyer room ( you know.....he's religious about it ) PRAYING ON THE POOR & THE MIDDLE CLASS !

How carefully he considers how to fool the public ....and please his Masters.....The KOCHS.

I guess that it doesn't hurt, if one has a mindless audience, who are willing and primed to suspend their disbelief for the next mindless episode of "The Something Worth Having For Nothing,... Sam Brownback Show" .You know,....... The kind of simple Merican folks that didn't learn from Bush # 2 .

Just click your heals together three times.... and repeat after Sam..... " There's Something Worth Having For Nothing "...., " There's Something Worth Having For Nothihg ",..... " There's Something Worth Having For Nothing " !!!

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del888 10 months, 1 week ago

You can contact to governor at: Office of the Governor

Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S Toll Free: 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757) Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Local: 785-296-3232 For the Hearing Impaired: 800-766-3777

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Stain 10 months, 1 week ago

KU has already been downgraded year after year because they have too many classes that are taught by STUDENTS.

This is only going to get worse.

Way to destroy a once-fine institution that took many decades to build up - in less than a decade.

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Stain 10 months, 1 week ago

Brownback needs to veto the whole thing.

If he doesn't, he proves he's lying about his support of higher education.

From a purely economic perspective, it's insane to undermine institutions that bring many millions of dollars of out of state money into Kansas - every single year.

I simply don't believe him when he says he supports education and his hands are tied.

VETO THE WHOLE THING, MR. BROWNBACK.

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Kontum1972 10 months, 1 week ago

what kind of name is last name is Brownback?

sounds more like a horse breed or insect breed.....e.g. brownback beetle.

Hmmmm...

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wastewatcher 10 months, 1 week ago

Regents are using magic math by claiming that salary increases that have not granted or paid results in a cut of state funding. But they like the leaders of the schools continue to whine and raise tuition instead of living within their means as the rest of us do. Also notice that KU athletics budget is increasing by 7 plus percent. And we all know that thet get a lot of their expenses paid for by the school. It is time for a complete review of each schools spending, not only for "legal" issues but also for priorities and prudence in these difficult times.

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question4u 10 months, 1 week ago

"Brownback had wanted to maintain current funding for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July."

Not exactly. The correct sentence should be: Brownback had SAID that he wanted to maintain current funding for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.

As soon as he announced that he would be touring universities to advocate against cuts instead of talking to the Legislature the outcome was clear: PR for Brownback and cuts for universities.

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kansas_cynic 10 months, 1 week ago

Brownback is just waiting for the instructions from the Kochs.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 10 months, 1 week ago

Sadly for the governor, there is no "good" choice available to him. I am not confident that this legislature would do anything if the governor vetoed the entire budget for the Regents institutions. I can readily envision a scenario in which these legislators would shrug their shoulders, both fail to override the veto and refuse to pass new budget legislation, and allow the universities, technical schools, and community colleges to be shuttered for the next year.

Then some of them may try to run on their record of reducing government spending and holding state government accountable to live within its means.

I should be less cynical. Today, however, I am not less cynical.

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none2 10 months, 1 week ago

In other words, he is going to allow the cuts and say he didn't have the choices he needed to stop the cuts...

Brownback is experiencing what is called the "Pontius Pilate Syndrome".

Perhaps he will wash his hands of the whole thing, but at least unlike PP, he has holy water to cleanse himself and proclaim his innocence in this whole horrible budget deal that his followers came up with.

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