May 27, 2010

Veto of Legislative Drafting Error Preserves Federal Stimulus Dollars

(TOPEKA) – Today Reginald L. Robinson, the President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, issued the following statement regarding Governor Mark Parkinson’s line-item veto of a section of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget bill that contained a costly legislative drafting error:

“The Board thanks the Governor for vetoing the section of the budget bill that contained a $3.6 million drafting error that could have cost the state $40 million. Legislative staff inadvertently subtracted higher education funding which, had it been signed into law, would have dropped us below the funding level required to retain eligibility for the receipt of federal stimulus dollars. We’re thankful the Governor recognized the importance of this vital funding, and we truly appreciate his strong and consistent support of higher education in Kansas.”

A copy of the Board’s May 18 veto request letter can be viewed here.


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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