2017 Legislative Session

Legislative Update
June 13, 2017

The Kansas Legislature adjourned on Saturday June 10, 2017. The formal adjournment, Sine Die is scheduled for Monday June 26, 2017. Prior to the adjournment the Legislature passed a new school finance formula for K-12 schools. The formula passed in Senate Bill 19 is on the Governor’s desk. If approved the Kansas Supreme Court will review to determine if the formula and appropriations meet their March ruling.

The legislature passed a tax package in Senate Bill 30. The bill was vetoed by the Governor and subsequently the Governor’s veto was over ridden by the legislature and the tax package becomes state law on July 1, 2017. The Kansas Legislative Research Department reports the Kansas Department of Revenue’s latest information indicates the bill would generate State General Fund receipts:

($ in millions)
FY 2018 $591.0
FY 2019 $633.0
FY 2020 $617.4
FY 2021 $584.4
FY 2022 $590.3

The last item the Legislature approved was the budget for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The final budget in House Bill 2002 has not yet gone to the Governor and will not be law until after the Governor has taken action. The items for Kansas State and higher education.

Restore funding in FY 2018 University of Kansas and Kansas State University to a 4 percent reduction:

KU $1,557,657
K-State $1,121,539
Total $2,679,196

Restore funding in FY 2019 for all universities — except Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, and KSU-ESARP* — to a 3 percent reduction

KU $2,920,558
KUMC $354,393
K-State $2,146,060
K-State Veterinary Health Center $56,205
WSU $609,863
FHSU $43,218
Washburn $119,000
Total $6,249,297

*KSU-ESARP's allotment made in FY17 was 2.8 percent.

State Employee Pay Plan

2.5% for state employees with less than 5 years of service.
5% for state employees who have not had a pay adjustment in 5 years.

State Universities are required to report to the Legislative Budget Committee the efficiencies identified in the institution.

Testimonies and Reports

Legislative bill list - updated June 5, 2017

State General Fund Revenue Estimates for FY17,18,19 - April 20, 2017
KS Legislative Research Department and KS Division of the Budget

Conference Committee Report for Sen Sub for HB 2052 -April 4, 2017
Rescission Bill; Expenditures for FY17,18,19,20

President Myers' Testimony - February 22, 2017
Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education

President Myers' Testimony
- February 13, 2017
Presented to the House Higher Education Budget Committee

President Myers' Testimony - Jan 24, 2017
Presented to the House Higher Education Budget Committee

The Governor's Budget Report - Jan 11, 2017
Presented by Shawn Sullivan, Budget Director

News Articles and Op-Eds

The Role of Higher Education in the Future of Kansas
Topeka Capital Journal Op-Ed, November 1, 2016
Dr. Blake Flanders, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents

Kansas State University Profile

Published each year by the Kansas Board of Regents, university profiles provide data on student enrollment, degrees awarded, graduation rate, student success rate, employment and wage information, staff/faculty levels, budget, facilities, and endowment values.

2017 Profiles (includes profiles for main campus, College of Veterinary Medicine and K-State Research and Extension)

Previous Legislative Updates

May 31, 2017

May 22, 2017

May 16, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 2, 2017

April 25, 2017

April 11, 2017

April 4, 2017

March 28, 2017

March 21, 2017

March 14, 2017

March 7, 2017

February 28, 2017

February 21, 2017

February 14, 2017

February 7, 2017

January 24, 2017

January 17, 2017

January 10, 2017