TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Board of Regents is urging the governor and state lawmakers to restore higher education funding.

The regents took the stance Wednesday unanimously and without comment, The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2cpH7BM ) reports. For fiscal years 2018 and 2019, their proposal calls for reinstating about $30 million sliced from the fiscal 2017 budget.

The cuts announced in May represent a 4 percent cut in higher education spending. The University of Kansas and KU Medical Center lost about $10.7 million in funding, and Kansas State University’s campuses lost about $7 million.

Board chairwoman Zoe Newton says the regents are “not unaware of the straits that we are in as a state,” but the board feels it needs to “put out there what it is that we feel we need as a system.”

University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said she was pleased that regents consider the restoration of state funding to be a high priority.

“All of us, but especially the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, received very significant reductions, and it would be tremendously beneficial to the universities if we were to get that funding returned,” Gray-Little.

The regents also approved a recommendation for $20 million per year for deferred maintenance at state universities in fiscal 2018 and 2019, and $43 million in fiscal 2018 for a proposed dental school at KU Medical Center.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com