Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,
The first two weeks of the session featured Gov. Sam Brownback’s final State of the State address Jan. 9 and Higher Education Day Jan. 18. Unfortunately, the governor’s proposed budget did not include restoration of $24 million in recent cuts to the higher education system— which is the top priority for KU and the Regents universities. He did propose a few additional higher education projects, including $3 million for a proposed school of dentistry at KU Medical Center.
The Legislature’s largest budget challenge will be responding to the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that mandates additional funds for K-12 education. Gov. Brownback proposed adding $600 million to K-12 over the next five years, but legislators no doubt will propose and debate alternative budgets throughout the session. We will continue to advocate for restoration of higher education funding, including $7.4 million for KU.
Yesterday KU leaders showcased the statewide impact of KU programs as part of Higher Education Day in the Capitol. Baby Jay’s appearance added to the celebration. Of course, Jayhawks are in the Statehouse every day: 24 KU graduates are currently members of the Jayhawk Caucus.
Please watch for our next update on Friday, Feb. 2. To receive legislative information on your mobile device, download our JHE app.
Thanks for your support of KU.
Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President, KU Alumni Association