Regents’ tuition plan shot down

By The Mercury

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents concluded a two-day retreat Friday by informally prioritizing restoration of legislatively imposed spending reductions.

Regents are expected to ratify a full legislative agenda next month. There were reports that Regents toyed with the idea of offering to keep tuition payments flat next year if lawmakers would restore $36 million in funding cuts. But legislative leaders quickly shot that idea down Thursday.

Afterward, Regents CEO and president Andy Tompkins spoke only generally about the retreat’s impact on 2014 legislative activity. “We look forward to having an open and productive discussion with legislators this fall during the higher education budget tour in order to create a shared vision for higher education,” he said.

The regents budget request, once officially approved in September, will be forwarded to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration. Brownback will make budget recommendations to the Legislature in January.

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