State Governmental Relations
The Kansas State University Office of Governmental Relations works closely to track many aspects of the legislative process. In an effort to make as much information available as possible, we are frequently updating our website. At the bottom of this page, you will find some of this information. Additionally, our office provides weekly updates on legislative issues important to K-State and higher education. The current Legislative Update and past updates are below.
The critical issue for Kansas State University and higher education is the annual appropriations bill; this is the bill which provides funding for Fiscal Year 2014 for operations at the University. The House and Senate both have passed appropriations bills each with different provisions. The bills are being considered by a House/Senate Conference Committee which will meet at some point during the Veto Session to work out the difference between the two bills.
The differences between the House and Senate versions of the appropriations bills:
The House bill makes the following reductions to higher education Fiscal Year 2014
• Reduce longevity payment funding $1.0 million
• Wage and salary cap $18.1 million (cap removed for State Universities, reduction remains)
• Sweep position lines $ 14.1 million
• 4% SGF reduction $29.2 million
• 2% SGF reduction $15.2 million
• Remove $1.0 million for College of Architecture Initiative
The cuts proposed by both of these legislative bodies would be devastating to the growth momentum of Kansas State University and higher education in general. The University is witnessing unprecedented growth and the proposed decrease in state support would put our 2025 Strategic Plan at risk. We will continue to recommend to the legislature we support the Governor’s budget which provided stable funding for K-State and higher education.
If there are any questions on any legislative issues, please contact the Kansas State University Office of Governmental Relations at 785-532-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Legislative Updates
2013 Budget Presentations to Senate Ways and Means Education Subcommittee
We have included a timeline of the legislative process as it relates to Kansas State University. This should assist in the process of keeping members of the K-State community informed on what is happening in Topeka.