Regents bemoan Kan. higher education spending cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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