Jayhawks for Higher Education: Sept. 29, 2014

Getting ready for the 2015 Legislature

Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,

The start of the academic year is a time of renewal. This year, as we welcome new students, faculty and staff to the University of Kansas, we’re renewing our efforts to inform lawmakers of the benefits KU provides the state. As a member of Jayhawks for Higher Education, you’re crucial to these efforts.

While the 2015 session is still four months away, we’re writing today to help you begin thinking about the session and to remind you that we’ll again be leading an active Jayhawks for Higher Education effort. This effort is designed to give you tools and information so you can share the KU story with lawmakers and citizens. This initiative will include:

This strategy is a collaboration between the KU Office of Public Affairs and the KU Alumni Association. Most important, this strategy will tap the energy of JHE members like you. Remember, your voice matters to policymakers.

Looking ahead to the 2015 session

Last week, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a budget request that would maintain current levels of base funding to universities and include targeted enhancements sought by the state’s post-secondary schools. The budget request will now go to Governor Brownback’s office for consideration. The governor will submit a budget recommendation to the Legislature in January.

Included in the Regents budget request are our two top-priority KU projects – one for the Lawrence campus and one for the KU Medical Center.

In addition to these two projects, additional enhancement requests for future consideration were also included. They are:

Thank you

It may only be September, but January will be here before you know it. In the meantime, we encourage you to check in routinely with the Jayhawks for Higher Education site and the KU Office of Public Affairs’ state relations site. Also, if you’d like to contact your legislators, you can get their contact info by ZIP code here.

Again, thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you on behalf of KU.

Rock Chalk!

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