Jayhawks for Higher Education: Legislative Update

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

The following message was delivered to nearly 1,500 Jayhawks for Higher Education advocates in Kansas who help communicate the needs of the University and higher education to the Kansas Legislature. Alumni advocacy is a longstanding tradition of the Alumni Association. Learn more about Jayhawks for Higher Education.

The Kansas Legislature is in full throttle at the statehouse in Topeka, with a record large number of new Senators and Representatives settling in to debate key issues facing Kansas.

For the University of Kansas, the session is off to a great start!   In these times of lean budgets, it was encouraging to see Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget recommendations keep state support for KU at a relative even level for the next two fiscal years.   Gov. Brownback has been a consistent advocate for higher education, recognizing that we can’t have a pro-growth strategy in Kansas without strong institutions like KU.

In addition to holding our operating budget even, the governor’s budget also calls for a initial state investment in a new medical education building for the KU Medical Center.   This critically important new facility will provide a modern, state-of-the-art setting for the education of tomorrow’s health care professionals.   It also will enable the School of Medicine to train more physicians each year.   This increase will be especially important for the many Kansas communities that face physician shortages.

We’re grateful for the governor’s recommendations and hope members of the House and Senate can support them, as well.   This year’s budget debate–like so many of late–will be a difficult one, with scarce resources to meet many needs. As the session unfolds, we hope you’ll take time to let your elected officials know you support KU and its key state funding.

And because we are grateful for the budget recommendations from Gov. Brownback, we encourage you to drop him a note to say “Thanks.”

— Kevin J. Corbett, President of the KU Alumni Association and Kathy Damron, Director of State Relations

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