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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.

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lawslady 1 year, 1 month 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.

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 1 month 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.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 1 month ago

And the same day that we hear the liberal elites here complaining of no pay increases for their fellow "state workers" (the ultimate oxymoron), we read that KU is purchasing a share of a new private jet! They have the money, it has already been robbed from the hardworking taxpayer. It is KUs choice as to how they spend it.

I already pay far too much tax. KU is a drain on the finances of our State. We do not need a taxpayer funded university brainwashing our kids with their poisonous liberal propaganda.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 1 month 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.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 1 month 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?

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Mike1949 1 year, 1 month 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.

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toe 1 year, 1 month ago

All these cuts coming to Lawrence is sure going to hurt the tax base. But, it will not dampen support for higher taxes in Lawrence, water bills, and trash pickup. Nope. A two year wage freeze and 4% cut will have no impact on the community at all.

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elliottaw 1 year, 1 month 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.

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Cauac 1 year, 1 month 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.

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