Funding cut, except for program KU didn’t want

The $66 million in state budget cuts to higher education over the next two fiscal years makes the Legislature’s approval of $2 million to help start the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City seem even more ridiculous. KU never asked for the center. It was an idea dreamed up and pushed through by Kansas senators, including Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. Lawmakers even named the center. Kansas Board of Regents member Ed McKechnie wondered if the money for the center could be diverted to help cover the budget cuts, but other regents members didn’t think that wasn’t a good idea, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.