Governor mulls decision on higher education cuts

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback says his office is reviewing budget legislation sent to him by Kansas legislators to determine if he can veto cuts in higher education spending.

Brownback told reporters Friday he’s not sure he can use the governor’s power to veto individual line-items to eliminate the cuts approved by lawmakers.

The Legislature cut funding for state universities by 1.5 percent for each of the next two fiscal years. Lawmakers also placed restrictions on funding for salaries across state government.

Kansas Public Radio reports the Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff said the budget was written so that cuts in higher education aren’t in separate lines that can be vetoed without eliminating all funding for each university.

Brownback had proposed keeping higher education funding constant over the next two years. 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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