The University of Kansas may receive extra state funding for quality educators

Feb. 15

  • The House Appropriations Committee approved the higher education budget, which is a 4.4 percent increase from the current year. Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for a $3 million increase to the University of Kansas to hire internationally known professors will be revisited. The extra funding would help the school retain its membership in the Association of American Universities.
  • Protestors plan to rally in Wichita over the President’s day weekend in opposition to Koch Industries. The group says the Koch brothers exemplify corporate dominance of politics. Participants of the “Occupy Koch Town” event are also against the creation of the Keystone-XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to Texas, passing through Kansas, for fear of water contamination.
  • An alliance of Kansas organizations rallied at the Statehouse Wednesday against the Republican legislature and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. This Kansans United in Voice and Spirit rally is in opposition to the state’s changes in school finances, income tax structure and social service programs.
  • The Kansas Delegation, along with Gov. Sam Brownback, released a statement Wednesday contending President Barack Obama’s budget regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, Kan. The delegation thought the proposed budget was insufficient to complete the construction of the NBAF, and accused Obama of using his budget as a campaign document.
  • The committee closed the hearing and took no action on a house bill that would further restrict abortions in Kansas. The hearing closed after Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator of the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women, called the committee process irrelevant, spurring criticism from several committee members. Hear more reactions from pro-choice and pro-life organizations by clicking the link.
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