Budget remains consistent:
Official expects good
news for research center
Zach Wagner | Collegio Reporter
From major reform updates to bill tracking, Shawn Naccarato informed roughly 30 students and faculty about PSU’s budget presentation to the Kansas Legislature.
Naccarato, director of government and community relations, highlighted future benefits for PSU at the beginning of his presentation. Naccarato says the future for the new polymer research program looks promising. He says that with Gov. Sam Brownback’s support, the program is asking for $500,000, an amount that is unlikely to be attacked by legislators.
“Because the governor proposed it, I think there is still a positive possibility for this program,” Naccarato said. “I don’t expect the proposition to go back through the whole process.”
Naccarato also talked about a reform for KPERS (Kansas Public Employees Retirement System). Nearly a-third of PSU employees fall under the KPERS system. Naccarato says the reform would include a new benefit plan.
According to Naccaroto, employees would put 6 percent of their income into the plan and they would have benefits throughout the system’s duration.
“Though nothing has been set in stone yet, there is a guarantee that some sort of benefit plan will pull through,” Naccarato said. “Though no other benefit plan was gaining much traction before, this cash balance has been the most promising proposal.”
A proposal titled “No SGF for remedial courses and narrowing of Q.A. exception (HB2475),” was showcased toward the end of his presentation. This proposal would narrow the acceptance rate to 10 percent for students who didn’t make scholastic standards after high school. He says 6 percent of PSU students enrolled last year have not met standards, which puts the university in a good spot, especially when compared to Emporia State, which has 10 percent.
“When concerning this qualifying admissions bill, we are in a good spot for now,” Naccarato said. “If this bill does go into action, however, there will be a significant number of students who will not be able to acquire higher education.”