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Wichita Chamber urges support for higher ed

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce did not join 14 other local chambers throughout the state in signing a letter telling Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders to “not assume all Kansas businesses expect or want you to achieve solvency in the state’s budget only by cutting spending.” But the Wichita Chamber did send a letter to lawmakers last week asking for their “support of the higher education funding recommendations as outlined in the governor’s budget.” The letter noted the importance of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. “We are concerned that any cuts to the higher education budget and/or a tuition freeze would hinder critical and innovative efforts currently underway and benefiting south-central Kansas,” the letter said. – Phillip Brownlee