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Brownback wants study of Kansas higher ed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback says that his upcoming tour of college campuses in Kansas is part of his effort to persuade legislators, policymakers and state residents of the importance of stable, level funding for colleges and universities.

Brownback's tour does not include any institutions in the western half of the state, according to an itinerary released Monday.

Speaking with reporters Tuesday after a bill-signing ceremony, the Republican governor said legislators need to take a longer view of funding for higher education, including rising tuition costs, administrative expenses and state support.

Brownback plans to visit the campuses between April 22 and May 6, two days before legislators return to Topeka to finish the 2013 session.

Legislators are proposing cuts to higher education, ranging from 2 percent to 4 percent. Brownback opposes such cuts and wants to retain current funding in the next budget.