Jayhawks for Higher Education: Jan. 31, 2020

State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas | Jayhawks for Higher Education

Dear Jayhawk for Higher Education,

Thank you for your loyalty in advocating for KU and higher education. Your voice will be vital during the 2020 session, which began earlier this month. On Jan. 15, Governor Laura Kelly recommended an additional $11.9 million to the fiscal year 2021 base budgets for the six Regents universities. The Regents had proposed a base-budget increase of $50 million for the six universities.

If the Regents calculate funding portions as they have in recent years, Gov. Kelly’s proposal would include $4.95 million for KU: $2.8 million for the Lawrence campus and $2.15 million for KU Medical Center.

The governor also included a 2.5% salary adjustment for state employees, but KU employees were not included. As Chancellor Girod told the Lawrence Journal-World, the governor’s proposal could make it difficult for KU to fund its basic operating costs and maintain affordability for students and their families.

We appreciate the Legislature’s approval of additional funding during the past two legislative sessions, but enhanced state support remains critical, especially as the University continues to serve Kansas communities and drive economic prosperity.

The KU Office of Public Affairs web page and a fact sheet describe KU’s far-reaching impact, especially through robust research programs. Please incorporate this information into conversations with your representative and senator, and follow their social media accounts and their email newsletters for details on legislative events in your community.

We hope you’ll find many opportunities to thank your legislators for their work—and urge them to support continued reinvestment in higher education.

We’re grateful for your dedication.

Rock Chalk!

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President, KU Alumni Association