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Brownback subscribes to 60 percent plan, but provides no details on how much that will cost

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Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Kenny Wilk said he was delighted to hear Gov. Sam Brownback adopted one of the regents' main goals — getting 60 percent of Kansas adults to have some kind of post-secondary degree or work-related credential.

Wilk, a former Republican legislator who was appointed to the regents by Brownback, said more money will be needed to hit that target.

Currently, about 52 percent of Kansas adults have a degree or credential. The state produces 42,000 degrees and credentials per year, according to the regents. To get to the 60 percent level by 2020 will require 53,000 per year.

"At some point, you are going to have a resource question," Wilk said.

The 60 percent goal has been part of the regents' Foresight 2020 strategic plan that was originally adopted in 2010.

In announcing his support of that goal, Brownback made no mention of how much he thought it would cost to get there. He vowed to "provide stable funding for our universities, community and technology colleges."

Higher education funding in Kansas remains at below pre-recession levels and suffered another hit in 2013 when the Legislature passed and Brownback signed into law cuts to universities that resulted in Kansas University taking a $13.5 million cut.

This year, the Legislature and Brownback approved a budget that will restore approximately half of last year's approved "salary cap" cuts for the current budget year, and all of those that had been cut for the next budget year. That means an additional $4.07 million for the KU Medical Center, and $163,703 for the Lawrence campus. But the bill does not restore the 1.5 percent across-the-board cuts from 2013.

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Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

The Kansas GOP party will say anything Sam Brownback wants them to say. If there ever was a party of sheep that subscribe to the Koch Boys - Wal-Mart children libertarian cult it is the Kansas GOP.

This is more meaningless drivel coming from the party that despises education. What exactly does post-secondary degree or work-related credential mean? Do the GOP boys and girls believe they are on to something new?

Voters must assume Brownback and Kobach may have purged YOU from the voting rolls. Any way possible

Okay let's plan ahead. We know that the Brownback/Kobach agenda is to keep voters from the polls.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure:

--- drivers license or state ID card

--- Keep it close by as voting opportunities will occur about 4 times in the next 10 months.

Let's get on with it. Protect YOURSELF from GOP voting fraud on election day.

Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket they are going to have a messy house to clean up.

Kansas needs Margie Wakefield in Congress.

Chad Taylor for US Senate.

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