Jayhawks for Higher Education: Jan. 13, 2017

The Legislative Session has begun

Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,

The 2017 Legislative Session is underway, with legislators returning to Topeka earlier this week and Governor Sam Brownback delivering his State of the State speech this past Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, the governor released his budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. While he does not recommend additional cuts to the University of Kansas, his recommendations include the $10.7 million allotment cut he made to the KU budget last May — essentially making that a permanent annual cut.

The sudden loss of $10.7 million has significantly impacted KU and its students and forced the university to make difficult decisions. With that in mind, KU is asking legislators to consider the following two priorities this session:

•    Restoration of the 2016 cuts to KU
•    Stable funding for KU moving forward

You can read more about these priorities at the KU Public Affairs website.

We are proud to report that this year’s Legislature includes 24 KU graduates. This “Jayhawk Caucus” is the largest caucus among all Regents universities and includes new and familiar faces this year. We look forward to working with these loyal Jayhawks on issues related to KU and higher education.

As you know, legislative sessions start slowly but accelerate quickly. As the session continues, we will provide you updates, fact sheets, talking points and invitations to public forums in your community to help you advocate on behalf of KU. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the KU Alumni Association’s Jayhawks for Higher Education page, as well as KU Public Affairs’ KU state relations page. You may also contact Kelly Reynolds, KU state relations director, at kelly@ku.edu.

Thank you for your support of KU.

Rock Chalk!

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09

Tim Caboni
Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs