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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.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".