June 9, 2015
State Budget Update
If you haven’t read the message from President Schulz regarding this past week, and weekend, I encourage you to do so. Follow this link to his message.
Dr. Sue Peterson, KSU Director of Government Relations, provided an update on legislative actions through the weekend and yesterday. "On Saturday, the 107th day of the 2015 Kansas Legislature legislation was passed and signed by the Governor deeming all state employees as essential averting a potential furlough of thousands of state employees.
On Sunday the record-breaking 108th day the Kansas Senate debated and passed a $423.2 million dollar revenue package and sent the package to the House for action on Monday June 8, 2015. The Legislation provides an ending balance of $73.2 million in Fiscal Year16 and $74.8 million in Fiscal Year 17.
In addition, the Senate also passed the appropriations bill for Fiscal Years 15, 16, and 17. The bill containing the budget for state government, except K-12 education and the judicial branch was passed and sent to the Governor.
The provisions of the bill:
- No reductions to K-State, K-State Research and Extension, and K-State College of Veterinary Medicine for FY 16 and 17, except Death & Disability and KPERS
- Tuition cap for in-state undergraduates (legislative intent) is capped at Consumer Price Increase for Calendar Year 14 plus 2% for Fall 2015. For the fall of 2016, the cap is the Calendar Year CY 15 CPI plus 2%.
- The bonding authorization for the Seaton Hall renovation/addition for $60.0 million in FY 16 and payment of $3.7 million annually for 25 years from Educational Building Fund overages starting in FY 17.
The House did not discuss the Senate passed tax bill on Monday. Without the passage of a revenue package the budget remains unbalanced by $400.0 million. Discussions on a tax package continue among the members of the House and the Senate as the Legislature is still meeting at the State Capitol."
I encourage you to remain focused on the vital Extension educational programs for which you are responsible and have a great week!