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Legislative college, university tour scheduled for next month

September 9, 2013

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— Legislators cut funding to higher education during the 2013 legislative session, and will visit schools next month in preparation for the 2014 session, which starts in January.

Members of the House and Senate budget-writing committees will tour the state's public universities, a community college and a technology school. Legislative leaders have also been invited to go on the trip.

Kansas University Medical Center and Kansas University will be the last stop, on Oct. 30. Committee members will visit KUMC that morning and KU-Lawrence in the afternoon.

During the last session, Republican legislative leaders passed a 3 percent budget cut to universities over two years, and sidelined KUMC's No. 1 priority of building a new medical education building.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed the cuts into law.

Under the budget bill, KUMC will lose $8.3 million over two years, and the Lawrence campus, $5.3 million.

Brownback has said he will recommend restoring those cuts, but legislative leaders have voiced skepticism of higher education funding requests.

Here is the schedule of the visits:

Tue. Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. — Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka

Noon — Emporia State University

Wed. Oct. 23

8:30 a.m. — Wichita State University

Thurs. Oct 24

8:30 a.m. — Pittsburg State University

2 p.m. — Fort Scott Community College

Mon. Oct. 28

11:30 a.m. — Fort Hays State University

6 p.m. — Kansas State University, Salina campus

Tue. Oct. 29

10:30 a.m. — Kansas State University

Wed. Oct. 30

8:30 a.m. — Kansas University Medical Center

2:30 p.m. — Kansas University — Lawrence

Comments

question4u 1 year, 10 months ago

"Gov. Sam Brownback signed the cuts into law."

Yes, these are Brownback cuts from start to finish. You can thank Flim-Flam Sam for higher tuition rates, larger classes, more classes taught by adjuncts, and declining rankings of state universities.

No doubt you really will thank him if you're one of those wealthy Kansans who now pays no state income tax. You can use your savings to send your kids to school out of state, just like the privileged do in third-world countries.

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Full days at WSU and KSU, but half days at KU and KUMC. Seems to me like the flagship institution and only AAU Carnegie research I institution in the state would merit a full day. Then again, this is the Kansas legislature.

konzahawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I hope KU doesn't put much time, money or effort into this charade. These idiots have already made up their minds. What a joke this state has become.

konzahawk 1 year, 10 months ago

They might as well not even come to Lawrence. They are not scheduled to arrive until 2:30! Their day typically ends at 3:00.

Larry Sturm 1 year, 10 months ago

Education is what brings people to Kansas not tax cuts

LJD230 1 year, 10 months ago

KU didn't fare well in the latest USNWR rankings. How is it that two small publics in New England that receive scant public funding, UVM and UNH, are ranked significantly higher than KU?

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

They have higher admissions standards and lower acceptance rates than KU, which is at about 92% acceptance.

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