Kansas Regents Offer Trade on Budget

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Board of Regents is agreeing to
not raise tuition for state residents if the Legislature limits proposed budget cuts and approves the use of federal stimulus dollars.

The board on Thursday said the freeze would last for the 2009-2010 school year. Some have feared a deep cut in higher education funding would force a big increase in tuition costs.

In return, the regents said they want assurances that lawmakers won't cut the higher education budget more than 7 percent. Also, they would have to agree to use $9.6 million in stimulus dollars in the current fiscal year and $40 million in fiscal year 2010 to offset some of the cuts.

“This plan would help to keep higher education affordable in these tough economic times through a one-year state university tuition freeze for Kansas residents, and it would create jobs and stimulate the economy through work on important deferred building maintenance projects," Donna Shank, Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents said in a statement.

The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday against using stimulus dollars for higher education although the panel's chairman
said the decision could be reconsidered.

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