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Senate Republican leaders say $10 million for KU medical building may be cut


Senate leaders Thursday said Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal will be cut and that may eliminate $10 million to help Kansas University build a new health education building.

"As you look at cuts, the easiest things to cut are projects that haven't started yet," said Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, described the KU proposal as "low-hanging fruit," in efforts to cut the budget.

Their comments came after the Senate wrapped up business before the unofficial halfway point of the 2013 legislative session.

Wagle said Brownback's budget will have to be cut in order to bridge a revenue shortfall. Meanwhile, she said, she believes a majority of the Senate will vote to keep in place the 6.3 percent state sales tax rate, which was scheduled to fall back to 5.7 percent on July 1.

Keeping the sales tax at 6.3 percent is necessary to buy down income tax rates, Wagle, Bruce and Senate Vice President Jeff King, R-Independence said.

KU has made construction of a $75 million medical building at the KU Medical Center a major goal to increase the number of trained doctors.

Brownback proposed $10 million over two years to help jump-start the proposal. A Senate budget committee has removed the funding but the House budget committee has kept it in.


Grump 5 years, 2 months ago

Just wait until the last few days of the (extended) legislative session when the conference committee agrees to sell K.U. to Liberty University in order to balance the budget.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 2 months ago

That was my initial thought, is this their way of getting back at the Chancellor?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Keeping the sales tax at 6.3 percent is necessary to buy down income tax rates,"

Translation-- taxing baby food is the only way to finance the Koch Bros's tax cut.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 2 months ago

Raise taxes and slash spending.

it appears Kansas is still in a recession. Nice work, Brownie.

TinmanKC 5 years, 2 months ago

Every day from now until November 2014, we need to call out the GOP for their Sales Tax Rate Increase and broken promises.

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