Kansas regents bemoan higher education spending cuts

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Kansas higher education officials said Thursday that the Legislature’s proposed funding cuts to public colleges and universities will hamper their ability to meet the business community’s needs for highly-skilled workers and will hurt the state’s economy as a result.

“It is not a pro-growth budget,” said Regent Vice Chair Fred Logan of Leawood.

Legislators finished their work early Sunday on the $14.5 billion state budget for each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015, imposing a 1.5 percent cut to higher education in each year. The plan also calls for a salary and wage cap, which education officials said compounds the cuts and will have an impact on programs and students.

Logan and others, including regent Robba Moran, wife of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, urged Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the salary cap and lessen the financial impact of the spending cuts. The combined reduction of state general fund resources for higher education is estimated to total nearly $33 million over the two years.

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