Not only have state agencies struggled with flat or reduced funding, many of them are now being charged much higher office rental rates by the state. The Kansas Department of Administration raised rental rates in state office buildings by 27 percent. Smaller increases are planned for the next two years. The rate increase is costing the Kansas Board of Regents more than $91,000 a year, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. And at about 22,000 square feet, the regents office space is one of the smaller in state government. It’s unclear how it helps taxpayers for the state to charge higher rates to other state agencies. – Phillip Brownlee
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