Higher Ed Viewed as Winner of Budget Debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislative leaders view higher education as the big winner so far in the debate in Kansas over the state budget.

But a top higher education official says campuses will still feel some financial pain because of how the budget plan is structured.

And Board of Regents President and CEO Reggie Robinson says he's not sure the Legislature has been generous enough to allow the board to freeze tuition for a year.

The House and Senate expect to vote this week on a proposed $13.4 billion budget for the state's 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Negotiators who drafted the final version backed off significant cuts for higher education.

One reason is federal stimulus dollars. But the $40 million legislators included are dedicated to building maintenance projects.

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