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Kansas Governor Signs Bill Restoring Higher Education Funds

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"This budget is stressing how important education is to our future workforce and to the future economy of the great state of Kansas," said Gov. Jeff Colyer.

On Tuesday, the governor signed a budget bill restoring 15 million dollars in higher education funding, of the 30 million that was cut by former governor Brownback last year.

For Pittsburg State University, that means $640,000 of the million dollars it lost to Brownback's cuts has been restored.$610,000 will go into the university's general fund, with $13,000 going towards the School of Construction and $17,000 going to Polymer Chemistry Initiative.

The School of Construction wants to use the new funds to grow in size.

"We have some initiatives that we haven't been able to move forward with, dependent on funding. Some of those are our recruiting efforts to get more students to help meet the demands of the industry. We're essentially at 100% employment each year for our graduates, and we could still meet a higher demand if we had more students," said Joe Levens of the Kansas Center for Construction Advancement.

Meanwhile, the Polymer Chemistry Initiative plans on using its new funding for upgrades.

"It's going to help us replace aging equipment in the Tyler Research Center, as well as throughout our campus, as it goes to the Polymer Chemistry Initiative, and to better prepare the students for the workforce of the next generation," said PSU's Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato.

While signing the bill, the governor said higher education is a key factor to keeping high paying jobs and graduating Kansans in state, and he believes PSU is crucial to that mission.

"I believe there is no better place than Kansas. It is the heart of America," said Gov. Colyer.

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