2010 State Relations updates

Wed, 05/12/2010

Kansas legislators completed their work for the 2010 session this week, adopting an impressive number of policy initiatives and closing the budget gap without further harming funding for education.

Fri, 04/30/2010

Kansas lawmakers are back in session, working to address the state’s budget gap and determine final spending priorities for the coming fiscal year. A lot is at stake for KU and other important state institutions.

Fri, 04/23/2010

Kansas legislators who serve on budget committees returned to the Statehouse this week to begin tackling the toughest job of the session: filling the growing state budget shortfall.

Fri, 04/16/2010

The consensus revenue estimates for FY 2011 are now finished, setting the stage for the Legislature to return next week and begin work to balance the budget and make spending decisions.

Thu, 04/01/2010

Kansas legislators have wrapped up the regular portion of this year's session and will return April 28th to tackle remaining issues. For KU and others, the number one remaining issue is the FY 2011 state budget.

Fri, 03/26/2010

March Madness isn't reserved just for basketball. Lawmakers have been playing out their special game of legislative challenges and agendas throughout March and now it seems that will extend even into April and May.

Fri, 03/19/2010

And so the President selected Kansas Jayhawks to win it all in the Big Dance! What a way to enter the NCAA Tournament and as the games unfolded, Kansas legislators filled out their brackets and cheered on both Jayhawks and Wildcats.

Fri, 03/12/2010

Kansas legislators were more than happy to celebrate the 2,000th victory of the KU men's basketball team Thursday afternoon. Even Wildcat fans were hungry for a diversion from the grueling work at the statehouse.

Fri, 03/05/2010

With devastating budget news continuing to plague the state, Gov. Mark Parkinson has unveiled yet another plan to further reduce state budgets to plug the gap facing the state for the four months remaining in this fiscal year.

Wed, 03/03/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Vision 2020 Committee about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, and the University of Kansas specifically. While budget cuts have created significant problems, KU is moving forward in areas that will help ensure Kansas is ready for the recovery.
Fri, 02/26/2010

KU's budget for next year was front and center this week in the House Education Budget Committee. Under recommendations advanced by the committee, KU's budget would remain largely unchanged in FY 2011.

Fri, 02/19/2010

Kansas legislators got a healthy dose of crimson and blue this week, as scores of students, exemplary researchers, and even the chancellor engaged lawmakers in productive discussions about higher education in Kansas.

Mon, 02/15/2010
In testimony to the House Education Budget Committee, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined KU’s positive economic impact, including the 6,000 graduates it educates each year and the 17 active Kansas companies that are based on KU research. She urged committee members to avoid additional cuts that would harm the state’s ability to be ready for an economic recovery.
Fri, 02/12/2010

The University of Kansas saw a strong vote in the Kansas House this week, when lawmakers overwhelmingly (110-12) gave the green light to legislation making permanent a pilot program KU launched to achieve savings and efficiencies in its purchasing operations.

Tue, 02/09/2010
In written testimony provided to the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined how $37.3 million in cuts and unfunded mandates have hampered KU’s ability to provide the educated graduates and research discoveries that will be critical to Kansas’ economic recovery. She urged legislators to avoid additional cuts that would further damage the university’s ability to contribute to the Kansas economy.
Fri, 02/05/2010

KU's priorities for the 2010 Legislative Session are rapidly working their way through the legislative process.

Thu, 02/04/2010

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on how the state's investment in KU is leveraged into significant returns, both in terms of educated graduates and in terms of research discoveries that drive the economy and enhance Kansans' quality of life. She also discussed her priorities as chancellor and outlined some of the effects of recent state budget cuts. Additional document: Update on deferred maintenance projects provided to the committee

Fri, 01/29/2010

Research at KU and KU Medical Center was on center stage at the Statehouse this week, as lawmakers took part in the first of a series of research roundtables the university has organized for state lawmakers this year.

Fri, 01/22/2010

The Kansas Legislature had a short week, as lawmakers observed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fri, 01/15/2010

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson opened the 2010 session of the Kansas Legislature with an impassioned speech about our state's future.

Thu, 01/14/2010
In addition to the beginning of spring classes, this week also marked the start of the 2010 Legislative Session. State leaders face serious budget challenges, but I was gratified to hear Governor Mark Parkinson begin the session on Monday with a strong endorsement of the benefits universities provide to Kansas.

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