State Universites Asked to Cut costs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State leaders are asking state's six universities to tighten their belts.

University of Kansas Provost Richard Lariviere said late Monday that the state has asked regents universities to cut spending by 7 percent over the next two years. He said the regents are seeking 2 percent cuts this year and 5 percent in 2009-2010.

Regents want to review the six universities' cost-cutting proposals at their annual retreat on Aug. 19 in Wichita.

The need for cuts in state budgets emerged when figures were released June 30 showing a $61 million shortfall in anticipated tax revenues. At the time, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius asked state agencies to trim their planned spending for the new fiscal year by up to 2 percent.

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