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Line Item Veto Needed

The folks in higher education in Kansas got quite a surprise when an error was discovered in an amendment introduced as the state legislature was putting the final touches on the 2010 Budget last week.

A wording error in the amendment introduced by in the House by Republican Don Hill from Emporia, could reduce the amount of aid allotted to higher education by $3.6-million. If not fixed, the error could potentially cost the State Board of Regents $40-million in federal stimulus funding.

Fortunately the problem is not nearly as difficult to fix as the oil leak in the Gulf Coast. Governor Mark Parkinson was asked yesterday to line-item-veto that section of the appropriations bill.

A Parkinson spokesperson said the Governor will review every portion of the provision before deciding on any action.

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