2010 State Relations updates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KU's priorities for the 2010 Legislative Session are rapidly working their way through the legislative process.
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
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.
The Kansas Legislature had a short week, as lawmakers observed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson opened the 2010 session of the Kansas Legislature with an impassioned speech about our state's future.