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K-State Today

May 7, 2018

Legislative update: Partial budget restoration, no raises for university employees

Submitted by Sue Peterson

The Kansas Legislature adjourned the 2018 session Friday, May 4 and will not return until Jan. 14, 2019.

Actions taken by the 2018 Legislature that impact higher education include approval of a partial restoration of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget reductions, totaling $15 million for all state universities. Restoration for Kansas State University is $3.05 million, including K-State, K-State Research and Extension, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

It has been reported by the media that raises were included for state employees, however, this excludes state universities. Only specific groups of employees were given increases, including the Judicial Branch staff, corrections officers and staff members on the state pay matrix who did not receive a raise in the 2017 pay plan. 

Any additional questions can be addressed at the Office of Governmental Relations' Legislative Review Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Bluemont Room of the K-State Student Union.

All K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and learn about legislation relevant to K-State and higher education. This session will be streamed via Zoom to K-State Polytechnic and K-State Olathe.

Questions should be directed to Sue Peterson, chief government relations officer, at 785-532-6227 or kstategr@k-state.edu.