On KU’s needs, Masterson thinks he knows best

candidateNo one disputes the need for more physicians in Kansas, which ranks 39th among states for doctors per capita. And University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and others repeatedly have told lawmakers that a new $75 million health education building is necessary to train more physicians and maintain accreditation. Yet on Tuesday the Senate Ways and Means Committee declined to give KU what it needs to get the building under construction and open in 2017 – access to a $25 million FICA refund and $1.4 million annually from the state to help retire $15 million in bonds. (The rest of the money would be raised privately.) Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, seems to think he knows better than KU what KU needs. “I don’t feel the accreditation is in jeopardy,” he told the Lawrence Journal-World. He also said: “It’s just prioritization. If they want to prioritize the accreditation as a project, they have the resources to do that.”