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ESU, lawmakers pleased with early budget direction

Later this session, lawmakers hope to restore some funds cut last year to Regents universities including Emporia State.

On KVOE's ESU Buzz with President Dr. Michael Shonrock on Thursday, Rep. Don Hill says Gov. Sam Brownback offered hope with his State of the State last week.

Lawmakers made two separate cuts, one involving a salary cap restriction, that effectively led to over $1 million in cuts at Emporia State for both this fiscal year and the one starting in July. Fellow Rep. Peggy Mast says restoring some $600,000 in funds is doable.

Likewise Sen. Jeff Longbine, who says he was encouraged by the governor's budget proposal and President Dr. Michael Shonrock's willingness to talk with lawmakers.

Shonrock thanked lawmakers for their work and support of ESU.

ESU could also receive another $1 million if it receives Honors College status. Shonrock says that designation would be a big recruiting tool to bring top students to Emporia State.

Shonrock is now preparing for two "Coffee and Conversation" stops on Saturday, courtesy of the ESU Alumni Association. Shonrock will be at Reading Community Center from 8 to 9 am with a stop afterward at the Santa Fe Depot in Osage City from 10 to 11 am.