The Kansas House Appropriations Committee approved a higher education spending bill Tuesday that contains a four percent cut.
State Rep. Sydney Carlin, a Manhattan democrat who is a member of the committee, said the bill would reduce funding for K-State by approximately $6.66 million and Manhattan Area Technical College by more than $100,000. System-wide, the reduction would be about $29 million.
Carlin said the reduction was the result of decreased revenue, a decline she attributed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.
“Education is not doing well down here right now,” she said. Carlin said she hoped the Senate wouldn’t propose a cut to higher education in order to force the question to negotiations between the two houses of the legislature.