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Senate Budget Would Cut $10 Mil for KU Med Building

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A setback for the University of Kansas Medical Center in state budget discussions yesterday (MON). A Kansas Senate committee has voted to cut $10 million dollars that had been intended to help pay for a new health education building on the campus. Senator Tom Arpke, a Republican from Salina, originally proposed the cut.  Arpke pointed to the tuition increases at KU compared to other universities in the state.

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Arpke says he believes the university has other funds that could be used for the new facility. The director of state relations for KU, Kathy Damron (DAM-ren), says they’ve been leading efforts among Regent’s institutions to find efficiencies. Senator Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, offered an amendment to restore the funding.


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Her amendment failed to garner enough votes. Governor Sam Brownback had included the funding in his budget proposal for improvements at KU Med, as part of a plan to increase the number of physicians in Kansas. The cut will be considered by the full Senate when the chamber votes on the state budget.


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