Legislators are going back to school this month to visit state colleges and universities whose budgets they cut by $66 million five months ago.
Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees are scheduled to board buses starting Oct. 22 for six days of touring that will take them to all seven state-supported universities and some community college and technical schools.
The tour is part of a fact-finding expedition for the lawmakers that also includes a lengthy list of questions they’ve submitted covering just about all phases of university operations.
“I’m interested in knowing more about their programs and funding needs and having them make the case they need increased funding,” said Rep. Mark Kahrs, R-Wichita, a first-term representative who serves on Appropriations. “I hope it will be a meaningful one-on-one discussion between the legislators and administrators.”