Daily Archives: July 16, 2013

Kansas among few that cut higher-ed funding

Kansas was one of only six states that cut funding to public universities this fiscal year, according to a survey by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Of the 48 states that supplied data, 37 increased funding and five held funding flat. All total, including the states that cut funding, higher-ed funding increased 3.6 percent nationwide. Kansas cut funding by about 3 percent. The highest cut was 17.6 percent in Louisiana.

Abortion laws headed to court, as intended

If it seems as if states are passing a lot of anti-abortion laws, it’s because they are. “So far this year, state legislatures have enacted more than 40 measures to restrict or control access to abortion, according to the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, and proponents of those measures acknowledge that they are deliberately inviting legal challenges in the hope that the cases will land in federal courts and produce stricter limits on abortion nationwide,” the Washington Post reported. Several of those measures already are in court, including Kansas’ new law that, among other restrictions, requires abortion providers to give women disputed information about a link between abortion and breast cancer. Federal and state judges in several states have struck down abortion bans at 20 weeks or earlier and blocked requirements that abortion doctors have staff privileges at a local hospital. Kansas has similar requirements.