Kansas Regents OK higher education budget request

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Members of the Kansas Board of Regents have approved a budget request that seeks to restore millions of dollars in higher education spending that were cut this spring by legislators.

Regents Chairman Fred Logan says Thursday that although the budget has been approved for the next fiscal year, the board had a responsibility to advocate for increased investment in the state system.

The biggest amount would be $34.3 million cut from the six state universities’ budgets over the next two years. The cuts were made in across-the-board spending, as well as salary reductions on the campuses.

The request was adopted by a voice vote by the regents, sending it to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for consideration.

Legislators are touring the campuses in October to assess the schools’ needs.

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