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State budget

Proposed cuts to corrections system could endanger Kansans, secretary says
May 24, 2013
The head of the state prison system said Friday that proposed budget cuts being considered by the Legislature could jeopardize the safety of Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
House Republican leaders propose 1.5 percent cut to higher education for each of next two fiscal years
May 21, 2013
Budgets for the state’s public universities, including Kansas University, would be cut 1.5 percent for each of the next two fiscal years under a deal approved by Republican budget leaders on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
KU makes sudden change in Statehouse presence
May 20, 2013
In the middle of a crucial fight in the Legislature over proposed budget cuts to higher education, Kansas University officials have changed their strategy in the Statehouse — and the lobbyist leading it. By Scott Rothschild
Legislative negotiations break down amid Republican in-fighting
May 17, 2013
Budget and tax negotiations broke down in the Legislature on Friday, prompting another round of Republican in-fighting before legislators went home, guaranteeing that the wrap-up session would extend into another week. By Scott Rothschild
Higher education funding back at the forefront; Republican leaders still negotiating budget and taxes
11:29 a.m., May 16, 2013 Updated 09:42 p.m.
Key budget negotiators on Friday sought to cut funding to higher education, but couldn’t agree on how much. House and Senate Republicans were trying to resolve budget differences in the next day or two in an effort to wrap up the 2013 legislative session. By Scott Rothschild
Conservatives at odds over budget, taxes as wrap-up session drags on
May 14, 2013
Kansas’ elected leaders may describe themselves as conservative Republicans, but, at this point, they aren’t getting along, and that means the state’s budget and tax system remained up in the air Tuesday as the 2013 wrap-up session dragged on. By Scott Rothschild
Regents waiting on budget negotiations before taking up tuition proposals
May 10, 2013
One of the major duties of the Kansas Board of Regents is to set tuition and fees at the state universities. But that process will be delayed if Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature don’t come to an agreement soon on the state budget. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback proposes using bioscience funds to pay for adult stem cell center at KU
April 29, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday released a budget amendment that includes funding for a new adult stem cell center at the Kansas University Medical Center.
KU officials dispute cash balance list circulated by House Republican leaders who want to cut higher ed
April 24, 2013
House Republican leaders who are calling for higher education to take a 4 percent state budget cut say that public universities are sitting on $422 million in various funds that could be redirected to pay for other expenses. But Kansas University officials on Wednesday disputed the meaning of the cash balance list circulated by top GOP officials in the House. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback administration cites more savings from KanCare, wants to use funds for those with disabilities
April 19, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Friday announced that its recent privatization of Medicaid is saving more than expected, and it wants to use those savings to provide services to people with disabilities and help pay for a new education building at the Kansas University Medical Center. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback to tour in support of his higher education budget
03:10 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 04:05 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday announced that he will hit the road next week to defend his higher education budget proposal against cuts offered by his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. By Scott Rothschild
Proposed wildlife area in Jefferson County part of legislative budget talks
April 15, 2013
Buried in the numerous items under discussion by House and Senate budget writers is a proposal by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to purchase 824 acres of land in Jefferson County. By Scott Rothschild
House Speaker Merrick OK with 4 percent cut to higher education
March 22, 2013
Republican House leaders on Friday said higher education could handle a 4 percent cut and dismissed any opinion to the contrary. By Scott Rothschild
Budget containing 4 percent cut to higher education gains preliminary approval
March 19, 2013
With only Republican votes, the House on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a budget that would cut higher education by 4 percent, keep public school funding flat and reduce dollars in numerous other areas of state spending. By Scott Rothschild
Higher education officials say budget cuts would hurt research, state economy, students
March 18, 2013
Higher education officials on Monday said a proposed cap on salaries and wages and a 4 percent budget cut would hurt research, the Kansas economy and increase student tuition. By Scott Rothschild