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House Appropriations Committee whittles down Brownback’s budget plan on higher education by $16 million

March 11, 2013


— Republicans on the House budget committee on Friday approved a recommendation that would cut $16 million in higher education funding from Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal.

Appropriations Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said the cuts had been “offered” by the Kansas Board of Regents as part of a reduced resources plan, but state Rep. Jerry Henry, of Atchison, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said, “I think I take offense to the word ‘offer.’”

He said the reductions proposed by the regents were simply to comply with Brownback’s directive to include a possible emergency budget cut when submitting spending proposals.

“I believe all these cuts would have tremendous pain,” Henry said.

The Appropriations Committee is expected to finish its work on the budget this week and send it to the full House for consideration.

Rhoades’ plan would reduce Brownback’s budget by approximately $30 million, with $16 million from higher education, specifically community colleges, technical education, Washburn University and the regents’ office.

Rhoades said the state budget proposal would not factor in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue gained in Brownback’s tax plan because that plan has not gained acceptance in the Legislature yet.

Brownback, a Republican, has proposed reducing individual state income tax rates over the next four years but keeping the state sales tax at 6.3 percent. Under current law, the sales tax rate is supposed to decrease to 5.7 percent on July 1. Brownback also has proposed eliminating homeowner deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 1 month ago

Check this out. LJW should cover this too.

Is Sam in trouble? He better flex His Muscular jesusperson quickly. This may get interesting. Sam may have overreached and be in a bit of doodoo. Wake up and vote in 2014 Sheeple. 31% of those eligible voted him in. It is time to rally the troops. If we can beat the money boys with votes, we can clean up the House a bit.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 1 month ago

Interesting discussion, no? "Facts" are fungible. Remember Twain's quote on statistics? Look it up SHEEPLE.


Larry Sturm 1 year, 1 month ago

We don't need any education in kansas just tax cuts for the rich and the poor people can just go somewhere and die like an old dog.


Nani700 1 year, 1 month ago

Dave Trabert says "That's not a simple calculation because of a lot of college spending is not directly related to educating students." The same is true for K--12. Much of the $12,000 per pupil he likes to claim is state aid goes to KPERS, insurance, and services outside of the classroom much of which as in the case of KPERS is sent right back to the state. He is a typical shill of the Kochs.


DaveTrabertLies 1 year, 1 month ago

Dave Trabert is a lobbiest with the Kansas Policy Institute, the local arm of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC and KPI are supported and funded by KOCH and large business, and push for laws that decimate tax revenue in states - directly benefitting the businesses that get off scot free on paying taxes. To argue for their tax cuts they put forth arguments about how bad public services are, or gin up controversy or problems where none exist, and then offer business friendly solutions to the problems, like privatization schemes to contract government work to private contractors who get to make lots of profits doing jobs more poorly than the government would have. He doesn't care about Kansas - and he has sold his Business Is King plans to many in our legislature. Whenever you see his comments, know that he is criticizing a program so as to directly lead to profit for big business. Do not be decieved by him.


question4u 1 year, 1 month ago

Kansas doesn't have a top 50 university. it doesn't have a top 100 university. Kansas isn't ever going to be a leader in higher education, but does have a system of higher education that provides the educated workforce that it needs, especially though its community colleges.

Snake-oil salesmen who claim that undercutting K-12 education and undermining higher education won't have any adverse effects on Kansas will always have the approval of those have a personal grudge against education. Whether the educated population buys that nonsense will determine the fate of Kansas for decades to come.

When has taking the third-world as a model ever led to prosperity for the general population?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

Education is the best investment any state can make. It pays back directly by preparing citizens for all types of employment and the capabilities of starting new small businesses.

Taxpayers NEED to know where these tax dollars are going? Who they are going to etc etc etc.

Brownback has been publicly pushing Vo-Tech education yet behind the scenes the ALEC Brownback soldiers are killing Vo-Tech education. I knew there was something fishy about ALEC Brownback supporting VO-Tech education.

ALEC Brownback speaks with forked tongue.

Privatization is a tool to funnel OUR tax dollars into private industry bank accounts to which I VOTE NO!


I_Like_Ike 1 year, 1 month ago

I think they are still teaching Western Civ in the Community Colleges....sounds like they deserve the $$. Cut the University monies, not the CC's.


texburgh 1 year, 1 month ago

As Dave Trabert would say, "People should get all the education they can afford." And since the Kochs are paying his bills, it shouldn't be a problem in the Trabert family.


Dave Trabert 1 year, 1 month ago

Regents schools may have more opportunities to save money than some people understand. Data collected in an Open Records request shows that the Board of Regents and universities have experienced large growth in their unencumbered cash reserves, going from $233 million in 2006 to $598 million in 2012. Some of that money is undoubtedly legally restricted but that much of an increase certainly merits a look.

Calendar year 2012 payroll data just posted also shows considerable growth in university pay. University payrolls increased a little over $40 million (4.1%) last year. All other state agency payrolls shrunk by $42 million (4.5%).


toe 1 year, 1 month ago

At least KU will have a world class track. The entire cut for all schools is less costly. KU has its priorities.


Nani700 1 year, 1 month ago

We don't need no stinkin' higher education! We got McDonald's and $7 an hour jobs. What good will no income tax do us if we don't have an income?


Scut Farkus 1 year, 1 month ago

Community colleges are a great resource for those without jobs and to those who can't afford other higher ed choices. It only makes sense that the Republicans would cut funding. Keep your constituents barefoot and uneducated and then blame it on the other party.


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