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Few donating to campus repairs

With the state's university system facing a repair backlog and dollars limited, it seemed worth a try in 2007 for the Legislature to offer tax credits to those wishing to donate money for campus repairs. But in the tax credit's first year, it generated $862,000 — nice but not enough to address a list of $825 million in projects. The problem is the economy, but it's also the idea of contributing toward repairs. "It's hard to make a tax credit for a boiler," state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on State Building Construction. Other funding sources, including bonding, have enabled the universities to do $26.2 million in deferred maintenance, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.