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Universities May Study Privatizing Services

A House committee is pushing for Kansas universities to consider privatizing many of their functions. The House Appropriations Committee passed the amendment yesterday (TUE) as part of a higher education budget bill. It asks the Board of Regents to study outsourcing services like housing and maintenance. State Representative Kasha Kelley, an Arkansas City Republican, supports the measure. She says all state agencies need to look at ways to save money, and that could include privatizing services.

The amendment would require the Kansas Board of Regents to report next year on whether privatizing services would save taxpayer dollars.

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