Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,
We appreciate your ongoing communication with legislators about the importance of KU and higher education. Your advocacy is making a difference in Topeka.
Halfway through the 2019 session, budget deliberations for fiscal year 2020 remain in the early stages. Here is the progress thus far:
- The House Higher Education Budget Committee included Gov. Laura Kelly’s recommended $8.9 million increase for public higher education and added another $10 million.
- The full House Appropriations Committee retained the additional $18.9 million for higher education. At this early juncture, it is encouraging to see the House include this level of funding.
- Chancellor Doug Girod will present KU’s budget to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee next Monday, March 11, and the full Ways and Means Committee will make its budget recommendations next Thursday, March 14.
The Kansas Board of Regents maintains its request for a fiscal year 2020 increase of $50 million in base funding for higher education. Since 2008, state support of base funding for Kansas universities has declined $85 million, including a $28 million decrease for KU. The state must begin restoring its investment to stabilize tuition, meet the needs of Kansas families and drive prosperity in the state.
The Legislature will adjourn April 5 and return to Topeka May 1 for the wrap-up session, when the final budget debate will occur. Most lawmakers will be home throughout much of April, when they will host community events. Please watch their email newsletters and social media accounts for information on events in your area, and use the talking points on our KU fact sheet in your conversations with local legislators.
Thank you for your advocacy.
Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President, KU Alumni Association