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Kansas State University

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The Kansas Legislature adjourned Tuesday, May 11, completing their work for the year. The Legislature enacted a balanced budget for the FY 2011 budget. This balanced budget holds the university at a flat budget for the upcoming fiscal year. All year K-State, along with the other state universities, had a single message of "No cuts to higher education." We are grateful to the members of the Kansas Legislature who took the steps to support higher education in this difficult budget climate.

The next major step is finalizing the tuition component of our budget. As has been discussed, K-State is preparing a request for a 3 percent tuition increase, plus a $10 per hour college fee. The request will be made in May and considered by the Board of Regents in June. Given the expected legislative action and approval of the tuition increase, it is anticipated the steps outlined in this spring's budget plan will not be modified.

- Susan Peterson, director of governmental relations

Bruce Shubert, vice president for administration and finance