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$75.6 million budget cut recommended for higher ed

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The head of the Kansas Board of Regents today condemned the House Appropriations Committee's plan to cut $75.6 million from the state's higher-education budget."The Committee's budget recommendations should trigger serious concern for anyone who supports high-quality affordable higher education for the people of Kansas," Board of Regents President Reginald Robinson said in a statement. "I am disappointed in the Committee's actions, and I strongly urge higher education supporters to restore the Governor's budget recommendations when the House of Representatives acts on the higher education budget in the coming weeks."The budget recommended by the committee includes a $30 million cut from the state's six universities. It also would eliminate all of the $37.3 million in state funding for the state's 10 technical colleges.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Kansas legislative advisors that do everything possible ot empty the cookie jar = Bush followers:

A group called the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority announced last week it would get involved in fund-raising and campaigning to counter what it called "radical groups" that are involved in Republican Party politics in Kansas.

Those groups named by KTRM included the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity.

Both are anti-tax groups linked to the state's top Republican officeholder, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, who is one of the most socially conservative lawmakers in the country and has indicated he may run for president, and Wichita-based Koch Industries, which funds numerous conservative and libertarian think tanks and whose owners have been longtime movers and shakers in Kansas politics.

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, helped found Americans for Prosperity and serves as its board chairman. He was the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president of the U.S. in 1980.

The Koch family have been longtime supporters of Brownback, whose former chief of staff David Kensinger runs the Club for Growth. Both the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity were active in many of the same legislative campaigns in Kansas last year.

Ryan Wright, the executive director of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority, said the party had strayed so far from its roots that a venerated Kansan, former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, would have trouble winning a GOP primary today.

But the conservative Kansas Republican Assembly blasted the group. KRA Director Charlotte Esau called it a sham organization "who will talk Republican before the election and vote Democrat once in office."

Meanwhile, another group has formed to reclaim, as it says, the core of mainstream Kansas values. The nonpartisan Kansas Alliance for Education, headed by lifelong Republican Don Hineman, is dedicated to unseating the 6-4 majority on the state school board.

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