Kansas’ cuts to higher funding are embarrassing
Taylor Gravett | SGA President
Last April, Gov. Sam Brownback came to PSU to talk about higher education funding and what we were doing here at PSU. In the meeting and press conference, the governor made it known that he did not support cuts to higher ed and that he would do anything possible to not allow it.
Now let’s fast forward to August. The governor signs a 3 percent cut statewide to the Regents universities. Huh? But I thought he came down to Pittsburg State and promised that he wouldn’t sign a bill that cut higher education? That, my friends, is a classic style of politics that has become too familiar in Kansas.
The voter looks at the headline in the paper of the governor’s visit and of the quote that he will not accept cuts. But what the voter doesn’t do is follow the story from start to finish. Little do they probably know of him signing the bill, they also in turn blame the university 100 percent for the 7 percent raise in tuition.
Kansas is the only state in our region that actually cut funding to higher ed. That in itself is disturbing. While other states are investing in their students so that when they graduate they can stay and create jobs, Kansas is pushing people out of the state to cheaper universities and a better job market.
When the Legislature comes back into session in January, it must restore the cuts that it made in the previous session. It is of the utmost importance that state legislators finally invest in the education of those in secondary education and continue to fund those in K-12. Students should no longer be the ones who are taking the hit time and time again.