2009 State Relations updates
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.
The Kansas Legislature was working overtime this week and with great enthusiasm advanced major components of KU's legislative agenda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.