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House budget committee proposes holding funding to current levels for wages and salaries for higher education

March 13, 2013

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— The House budget writing committee has proposed more cuts to higher education that would hold the amount of funding for salaries and wages to the current level for two years.

That proposal, by Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, who is vice chair of the Appropriations Committee, is on top of an across-the-board 4 percent cut, or $29.2 million, in state funding to higher education that Republicans on the committee approved on Tuesday. That would include a nearly $10 million cut at Kansas University.

On Tuesday, KU officials criticized the across the board cut, saying it would hurt the school's ability to help grow the Kansas economy.

But on Wednesday, neither officials with KU nor the Kansas Board of Regents had an immediate response to the latest proposed cut.

Comments

Cauac 1 year, 8 months ago

Man they hate themselves same universities and the fancy intellectuals who works at them. No book learning for these representatives, so none for nobody else.

elliottaw 1 year, 8 months ago

How is the University supposed to attract more quality professors? And the ones they have now have no reason to stick around, salaries have been stalled for a few years and now there is no end in sight.

Mike1949 1 year, 8 months ago

It is sad to say, Kansas is heading towards the same destiny of many of the bankrupt desperate status of many states in this country. No funds for education, they infrastructure is sub pare with highways and bridges crumbling right before your eyes. If Topeka continues to destroy Kansas, there may be a total collapse of quality of life in this state.

It is a shame Topeka is destroying Kansas.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

Why is no one whining about the entitlement system. Jez...instead of cutting the checks of those of us who work, how about cutting the checks of those who can work but don't? Has anyone ever seen someone on welfare take a pay cut?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as the shills for the Grand Ole Plutocracy dismantle nearly every vestige of state government that doesn't directly serve wealthy corporate interests.

elliottaw 1 year, 8 months ago

well maybe it will have to shut down, Lawrence will be one heck of a booming city without the school that supports it

William Weissbeck 1 year, 8 months ago

On the one hand the GOP touts that its policies are/will grow the economy, but then on the other hand belie the truth by freezing the wages of workers and opposing the minimum wage, on top of shrinking one of the (if not the only) primary drivers of growth and innovation in the state - its education system. I am old enough to remember the war protests of the late 60's and early 70's and the turmoil that occurred primarily at KU. (Anyone remember they cancelled finals one spring?) Other than a continued grudge against Chancellor Chalmers, the legislature didn't hate upon KU at the time.

lawslady 1 year, 8 months ago

I can't speak for all state employees. But the dozens I know have not had a single raise or COLA increase in the last 5 years. So proposing to stop funding any such raises is not going to save very darn much money.... But since when do we let facts get in the way of public grand-standing.

Thomas Bryce 1 year, 8 months ago

We had a 50 cents an hour raise across the board toward the end of 2012. Some time around 2007-2008 we received Percentage increases. They were all different. Mine was about 31 cents. So in the last six or seven years my hourly rate of pay has gone up 81 cents an hour. State workers ARE NOT overpaid and we don't make near what Private sector employees make. HR has confirmed this. Not sure what they can do but we NEVER will make what similar positions in the private sector make. Period.

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