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Education is vital to the growth of Kansas, but with these budget cuts, it puts university officials in a tough spot.
Chair Regent, Tim Emert says, ” One of the most damaging aspects of this budget is the salary provision, which introduces arbitrary cuts. The dollar amounts included in the salary provision were based on a snapshot in the time and on balances with absolutely no regard to the business of running a University.”
It was clear at the meeting, the Kansas Board of Regents was not happy about some of the decisions made by legislation about the nearly 50 million in cuts.
Board member, Dan Lykins says he was shocked by the decision. ” It’s just mind boggling to think this would come out of a group of legislators, that we assume would do what’s best for the state and best for Kansas. But it’s obvious that they’re not.
It’s just a waiting game to prepare, until the final figures are released.
A breakdown of possible tuition increases for students in the proposal: At KU’s Lawrence campus, it could increase in-state tuition, for one semester, for a undergrad student by nearly 200 dollars. In the same proposal, the increase at K-State’s Manhattan campus could increase nearly 270 dollars.