Regents Bemoan Kansas Higher Education Spending Cuts

Kansas higher education officials are frustrated and angry that state lawmakers have imposed budget cuts on public colleges and universities, calling the reductions harmful to the state’s economy.

Members of the Board of Regents reviewed the budget cuts on Thursday and began hearing initial tuition and fee increase proposals from the six state universities.

The Legislature adjourned early Sunday after passing a budget that cuts higher education funding by 1.5 percent in each of the next two fiscal years. Legislators also approved salary and wage caps that will further reduce resources available to the campuses.

Regents say Gov. Sam Brownback should be furious with the reductions.

The board told university officials last month they shouldn’t expect approval of tuition increases that would completely make up for cuts by the Legislature.