2009 State Relations updates

Thu, 12/17/2009
Chancellor Gray-Little recently reported on steps KU has taken to streamline operations and practices to ensure the university is operating in a cost-effective manner. She cited savings from a legislated change in purchasing rules that have already totaled $1.76 million, as well as another $1 million in annual savings through consolidation of library purchases.
Mon, 11/30/2009
Kansas Board of Regents Vice Chairman Gary Sherrer and Regents President and CEO Reggie Robinson spoke with business leaders in Lawrence about the direct connection between an educated workforce and economic growth. They discussed how 22 of the 30 fastest growing occupations in the United States require some sort of post-secondary education, and how budget cuts at universities will have consequences for the economy.
Mon, 11/23/2009
As the State of Kansas continues to feel the effects of the national economic downturn, many are wondering how the state budget crisis has affected KU - and what to expect going forward. These FAQs provide answers to a variety of questions about the state budget and KU.
Tue, 07/28/2009
The more than $36 million in cuts and unfunded mandates that the University of Kansas has had to make during the state budget crisis will affect students and the Kansas economy, Interim Chancellor Barbara Atkinson told legislators today. She testified to the Legislative Educational Planning Committee during the panel's hearing on the effects state budget cuts are having on K-12 and higher education.
Wed, 04/08/2009
The Jayhawk Generations Scholarship would provide partial tuition waivers to students who meet certain academic requirements and who have a parent, grandparent or guardian who graduated from KU. It is made possible thanks to House Bill 2007, which was recently signed into law.
Fri, 03/27/2009

Higher education would see a budget cut, but would be spared double-digit cuts as part of a budget agreement reached by legislative negotiators this week.

Fri, 03/13/2009

The Kansas Legislature was working overtime this week and with great enthusiasm advanced major components of KU's legislative agenda.

Fri, 03/06/2009

March Madness has hit the Kansas Legislature, as policymakers are entering the second half of the 2009 session amidst continued budget shortfalls, repeated debate about energy policy and news of a VIP Jayhawk: Governor Sebelius being asked to join the Obama administration.

Fri, 02/20/2009

The Kansas Legislature marked a major milestone this week. Turn-around is the unofficial half-way mark in the session where policy bills must have passed out of their house of origin.

Fri, 02/06/2009

Amidst shrinking budget resources for state programs, Kansas lawmakers have spent the first few weeks of the legislative session searching for the least disruptive ways to cut state budgets.

Tue, 02/03/2009
As Kansas faces a decline in the number of high school graduates, University of Kansas officials today testified in favor of a bill designed to recruit more students to Kansas universities, such as those who already have ties to the state.
Fri, 01/23/2009

KU's legislative agenda saw considerable activity in the second week of the legislative session, with the Kansas Senate passing Senate Bill 8 as its first legislative action.

Fri, 01/16/2009

The 2009 Kansas Legislative session is now underway. So far, the dominant story has been declining state resources and the need to continue with additional budget reductions. For KU and other universities in Kansas, the news is grim.


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