Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.
The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.
Gov. Sam Brownback is continuing his statewide tour aimed at building support for protecting cuts to the Kansas higher education system.
Kansas legislative committees are taking separate paths to solve differences over the state's 2014 budget.The House Appropriations Committee met Monday to review spending adjustments required by bills that have been signed into law. They're also getting an update on state revenue estimates.The Senate, whose budget committee met last Thursday, plans to have a separate catch-all spending bill on its calendar when it returns.
Kansas higher education officials are depending upon Gov. Brownback to convince lawmakers to preserve money for public universities and colleges.Brownback toured university and community college campuses last week to highlight education's importance to the state economy.The governor and other Republicans want Kansas to phase out individual income taxes over the next few years.To replace that lost funding, Gov. Brownback wants to make a temporary sales tax that's set to expire in July permanent.