2013 State Relations updates

Mon, 12/30/2013

The University of Kansas has selected Lindsey Douglas, who currently leads the Kansas Department of Transportation’s legislative efforts, to serve as KU’s director of state relations. Douglas will report to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Timothy Caboni, who announced the hiring today.

Thu, 11/21/2013

Initiatives at the University of Kansas Medical Center include forward-thinking solutions to enhance student education, strengthen the health care workforce, improve health through community-based research and advance health care access, all while accelerating medical discoveries, expanding prevention science and caring for adult and pediatric patients.

Fri, 11/08/2013

The University of Kansas Medical Center is a major biomedical research institution, dedicated to innovation and discovery of cures and treatments to improve human health. Many of our scientists are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their areas of research.

Tue, 10/29/2013

Since its founding in 1891, KU Endowment has provided more than $2 billion in support to the University of Kansas. The contributions of private donors benefit the entire state, as they assist KU’s campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Overland Park and Salina. Of the total amount of philanthropy given to KU in fiscal year 2013, about 42 percent came from donors outside the state, providing a boost to the economy of Kansas.

Since our founding in 1891, KU Endowment has provided more than $2
billion in support to the University of Kansas. The contributions of private
donors benefit the entire state, as they assist KU’s campuses in Lawrence,
Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Overland Park and Salina.
Of the total amount of philanthropy given to KU in fiscal year 2013, about 42
percent came from donors outside the state, providing a boost to the
economy of Kansas.
Tue, 10/29/2013

The University of Kansas contributes to the prosperity of Kansas by turning many of its discoveries into new companies and new jobs. This fact sheet details some of the ways KU research is being used to enhance the state's economic growth. (Originally posted 01/28/13; Updated 6/18/14)

Thu, 10/17/2013

University of Kansas leaders are hosting a group of Kansas legislators at the KU Medical Center on Oct. 30 to discuss KU and higher education. At the legislators' request, KU has compiled answers to more than 80 questions about KU, along with brief fact sheets for KU and KU Medical Center.

Fri, 07/12/2013

In a message to faculty, staff and students at University of Kansas Medical Center campuses in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod, MD, outlined the enrollment reductions, layoffs, tuition increases and closures that are being implemented as a result of state budget cuts. KUMC's budget was cut by $8.2 million through FY 2014 and FY 2015.

Fri, 06/07/2013

Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law. Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years.

Wed, 04/17/2013
In his FY 2014-15 budget, Governor Brownback proposed stable funding for the University of Kansas, as well as support to begin the Health Education Initiative to train badly-needed doctors and health professionals. The Kansas Legislature, however, has proposed cutting funding for the university, which in constant dollars has already seen its state funding fall from $371.3 million in FY 1999 to $246.9 million this year.
Mon, 04/08/2013
Kansas lawmakers have put a cork in the first portion of this year's legislative session, adjourning for a month-long spring break. In the final stretch of this year's regular session, dozens of measures cleared legislative hurdles and made their way to the Governor's desk for enactment. Lawmakers will return May 8 for the "veto session" which will be an intense, focused couple of weeks. The major issues of the session -- our state's budget and the tax policy to fund it -- await lawmakers when they return.
Fri, 03/29/2013
Kansas legislators are working at warp speed in hopes of wrapping up the bulk of their work in the next seven days. With an eye toward first adjournment April 5, conference committees are meeting to negotiate differences between measures passed in both chambers.
Fri, 03/22/2013
With only two weeks remaining before the lawmakers adjourn for break, lots of the heavy lifting at the Statehouse was accomplished this week, and there was no shortage of issues involving the University of Kansas. Both the House and Senate debated state budgets, revenue measures, abortion restrictions, stem cell research, guns in public facilities, including university buildings, and even staged photo ops with Naismith's original rules of basketball.
Fri, 03/15/2013
The luck of the Irish took a detour around the Kansas Statehouse this week, with lawmakers scrambling to find "creative" ways to build the state's budget. Using blunt objects in many instances, the House and Senate budget-writing committees molded the State General Fund budget to fit a drastically reduced resource scenario.
Fri, 03/08/2013
Kansas legislators face no easy answers as they prepare to tackle the state's budget deficit, along with the many other issues they're looking at during the 2013 Session.
Fri, 03/01/2013
The Kansas Legislature has officially reached “half time” in the 2013 session. As of March 1, all bills had to have cleared their house of origin or been “blessed” by legislative leaders to be exempt from the deadline.
Fri, 02/22/2013
The pace of legislative action at the Statehouse picked up considerably this week, only to be interrupted by the welcome snow storm Thursday. Getting this greatly needed moisture in our state was the highlight, for sure!
Mon, 02/18/2013
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified in support of Governor Brownback's recommended budget for KU during an appearance before the House Education Budget Committee. She said the recommendation will enable KU to meet its responsibilities to students and Kansans.
Fri, 02/15/2013

So it was bound to happen eventually. What had been a smooth legislative session, with bills moving forward at a good clip and supportive higher education initiatives gathering appropriate momentum, changed abruptly.

Tue, 02/12/2013
With the issuance of the FY 2012 Annual Financial Report, covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the budget page has been updated. In FY 2012, grants and contracts continued to be KU's largest source of revenue, comprising 25 percent of the budget. Tuition and fees accounted for 22 percent of revenues, replacing state appropriations as the second largest source of funds. State appropriations accounted for 21 percent of the university's revenue.
Fri, 02/08/2013
Basketball, budgets and biosciences were among the key topics discussed at the Statehouse this week. With legislators now completing their fourth week in session, more bills are making their way to the debate calendar and the pace is quickly ramping up.
Thu, 02/07/2013
Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center, described for senators how the proposed Health Education Initiative, supported by Governor Brownback's budget, will benefit Kansans and their communities by meeting important health workforce needs.
Thu, 02/07/2013
During testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, Chancellor Gray-Little highlighted the benefits that the University of Kansas provides to Kansans, from an educated workforce and healthier communities, to discoveries that create jobs and prosperity.
Wed, 02/06/2013
Bob Honea, director of the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Kansas, testified to the House Committee on Vision 2020, detailing the multidisciplinary research conducted by the institute. TRI researches topics ranging from infrastructure and alternative fuels, to distracted driving and logistics.
Mon, 02/04/2013
While the amount of money the University of Kansas receives from the State General Fund has been largely flat over the past few years, earlier cuts mean that the FY 2013 funding level is below the FY 2006 level in actual dollars. The effects of the state budget reductions are even more visible when inflation is taken into account.
Fri, 02/01/2013
Kansas legislators are starting to hit their stride, with three weeks of this year’s session now completed. With lots of the preliminary organizational work done, the various committees are now starting to sink their teeth into the more meaty issues of the session. Budgets, revenue measures and a variety of social issues are all finding their place on the legislative agenda.
Fri, 01/25/2013
Five days of legislative activity were packed into just three days this week, with lawmakers back in their districts both Monday and Friday. But in those three days, committees held key hearings on education, the Governor’s tax proposal and the process for appointing judges, among other controversial issues.
Tue, 01/22/2013
The 2013 session of the Kansas Legislature is off and running! With 55 new House members and 16 new senators, there is a lot of new energy and enthusiasm for shaping public policy under the Statehouse dome.
Wed, 01/09/2013
KU in the Capitol is an annual event where we showcase the ways the university benefits Kansans, as well as thank policymakers for their support of KU and higher education. This year's event will be a February 7 breakfast for policymakers and their staff, as well as Jayhawk alumni and leaders from across the university.
Thu, 01/03/2013

Kansas Legislators are busy this week organizing their offices, learning the legislative do’s and don’ts and brushing up on parliamentary procedures in anticipation of the 2013 session. The largest class of new legislators in recent history will be sworn in January 14th in Topeka.

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