Jayhawks for Higher Education: Jan. 16, 2015

And off we go

Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,

The 2015 Legislative Session is underway, with legislators returning to Topeka this past Monday and Governor Sam Brownback delivering his State of the State Address on Thursday evening. Earlier today, the Governor released his Governor’s Budget Report for FY 2016, which essentially will serve as the starting point for legislative discussions over the coming months.

We have reviewed the Governor’s Budget Report, and we are pleased to tell you that the Governor has recommended flat funding for KU — meaning the same amount of base funding we received last year — for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1, and Fiscal Year 2017. Given the state’s current budget challenges, this is very good news and signifies a strong show of support from the Governor for our university and our mission. We appreciate Governor Brownback beginning the legislative session with this strong show of support, and we look forward to working with him and all Kansas legislators during the coming months.

Certainly, there will be many developments as the session progresses. For now, we’re calling on Jayhawks like you to continue building support for higher education and to help policymakers understand that KU is uniquely positioned to move our state forward. More broadly, we need you to help communicate the special role KU plays in keeping Kansas prosperous and healthy.

As you know, legislative sessions start slowly but ramp up rather quickly. Consider this the first leg of a long race. As the session progresses, we’ll continue to provide you regular email updates like this to help you advocate on behalf of our great university. We’ll also provide you fact sheets, talking points, and invitations to legislative coffees and town hall-style meetings in your community. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to help share all the great things KU does for the state.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the KU Alumni Association’s Jayhawks for Higher Education page, as well as the KU Public Affairs page, where state relations director Lindsey Douglas will post weekly updates from Topeka.

As always, thank you for your support of KU.

Rock Chalk!

Kevin J. Corbett, c’88
President, KU Alumni Association