Posted on Feb 12, 2021 in News
Dear Jayhawks for Higher Education,
On Monday Chancellor Doug Girod presented testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee and the House Higher Education Budget Committee. He highlighted KU’s vital mission and the many ways in which KU provides economic growth for Kansas. He also discussed the financial strains created by the pandemic, and he outlined the impact of the state’s disinvestment in higher education: tuition paid by students and their families now contributes more to KU’s basic operational funding than state appropriations.
KU and the Regents universities are asking the Legislature to maintain stable higher education appropriations. Any further decrease will force reductions in vital programs and services for Kansans.
I hope you will review the chancellor’s presentation and reach out to lawmakers who will play key roles in budget discussions. Their names and contact information appear below.
As KU and higher education face unprecedented challenges, your advocacy is critically important. For additional details about KU’s impact on the economy and the current budget shortfall, you can review these fact sheets.
Thank you for your continuing dedication.
Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President, KU Alumni Association
The Senate Way and Means Committee members are:
Sen. Richard Billinger, R-Goodland, Chair, Rick.Billinger@senate.ks.gov
Sen. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, Vice Chair, JRClaeys@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Renee Erickson, R-Wichita, Renee.Erickson@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Michael Fagg, R-El Dorado, Michael.Fagg@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, Tom.Hawk@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Dan Kerschen, R-Garden Plain, Dan.Kerschen@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, Carolyn.McGinn@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City, Pat.Pettey@senate.ks.gov
Sen. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, Gene.Suellentrop@senate.ks.gov
The House Appropriations Committee members are:
Rep. Troy Waymaster, Chair, R-Bunker Hill, email@example.com
Rep. Kyle Hoffman, Vice Chair, R-Coldwater, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Alcala, D-Topeka, email@example.com
Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Tom Burroughs, D-Kansas City, email@example.com
Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Will Carpenter, R-El Dorado, Will.Carpenter@house.ks.gov
Rep. Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, email@example.com
Rep. Ken Corbet, R-Topeka, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Susan Estes, R-Wichita, email@example.com
Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Henry Helgerson, D-Eastborough, email@example.com
Rep. Susan Humphries, R-Wichita, Susan.Humphries@house.ks.gov
Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Assaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, email@example.com
Rep. Stephen Owens, R-Hesston, Stephen.Owens@house.ks.gov
Rep. Brett Parker, D-Overland Park, Brett.Parker@house.ks.gov
Rep. Richard Proehl, R-Parsons, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ken Rahjes, R-Agra, email@example.com
Rep. William Sutton, R-Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sean Tarwater, R-Stilwell, Sean.Tarwater@house.ks.gov
Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, email@example.com
Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-Kansas City, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jayhawks for Higher Education communicate the importance of the University and higher education to the Kansas Legislature. Alumni advocacy is a longstanding tradition of the KU Alumni Association as an independent nonprofit organization. Informed advocates help strengthen the University. To add your voice to Jayhawks for Higher Educations, sign up here.