Kan. reps may cut PSU funding

Marcus Clem | copy editor

The new Kansas state budget, set to take effect in July, if approved, would remove millions of dollars from support for state higher education.
The Kansas State Assembly’s House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday, March 12, to cut the budget’s funding for higher education by 4 percent. In dollar terms, money for higher education would be cut by $29 million for all Regents universities and Washburn University. The budget proposal will now go to the floor of the House for debate.
ChangeKansas.org, a website supported by the firm Kansas Grassroots to allow for the creation of online petitions for reform in the state, featured a petition that calls for the cuts to be restored. As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, the petition had gathered more than 700 signatures.
Paul Davis, the Kansas House Democratic leader, who represents eastern Lawrence, says that the fiscal consequences that Democrats have warned of since the passage of the tax cuts have started to become real.
“People need to understand, these cuts are a direct result of the deficit created by Gov. Brownback’s tax cuts,” Davis said. “We should not be surprised. A balance must happen one way or another, but it should not primarily benefit the wealthy and rich corporations on the backs of students, faculty and staff.”
Steve Scott, university president, is in Topeka in meetings with the Kansas Board of Regents and could not comment before press time. Jon Patterson, vice president of administration and campus life, could not be reached for comment. Julie Menghini, who represents Pittsburg in the Kansas House of Representatives, could also not be reached for comment.

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