Governor Sam Brownback is proposing a reversal of some state university salary cuts and a raise for classified state employees. He's also hoping to rewrite the Department of Corrections budget.
Senator Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, chairs the Senate's budget committee. He says most of the governor's proposed $460 million dollar spending increase is allocated for corrections, but some lawmakers will still have concerns.
Room and board costs at Kansas' six public universities would increase next year under a proposal before the state's Board of Regents.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that under the proposal, the traditional arrangement of two residents per room and a typical meal plan would increase 2.5 percent next year at the University of Kansas.
The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina.
The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million dollars in cuts.
Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities last week. Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters on Friday that his office had received the budget, and they were going through it line by line.
He may have been focusing on the lines where universities faces across-the board cuts, and cuts to funding for salaries, which Gov. Brownback said, "I'm not pleased with. I thought it should have been stable funding. So we're going to be looking at what all options are."