Brownback's Budget Leaves Higher Ed Spending Flat

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposals would hold state spending on its higher education system flat over the two fiscal years that begin in July.

The recommendations outlined Wednesday by Brownback would keep total spending on state universities, community colleges and vocational colleges around $2.5 billion for the fiscal year that begins in July and the following fiscal year.

Current spending is a little more than $2.5 billion, or about 1.7 percent higher than Brownback is proposing for both of the following fiscal years.

But his budget proposals assume less funding for infrastructure projects and don't include any further tuition increases.

Both Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Tim Emert and University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the proposals show the governor recognizes the importance of higher education.