Many of you have been wondering about the state of funding for KAMS and we do have an update for you. Funding for KAMS in Fiscal Year 2009 was included in the budget bill signed by Governor Sebelius last week. Like many state agencies, KAMS’ FY2009 budget was cut by 4.5%.
Last week the Kansas Legislature began working on the budget for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins July 1, 2009. Funding for KAMS in FY2010 has been included in initial committee-level budget meetings. While funding for KAMS in FY2010 will include significant cuts, we have planned for the cuts in such a way as to preserve as much as possible of the initial vision for KAMS.
We are certain that the inclusion of KAMS in the FY2009 budget was only made possible by the vocal support of those who believe in KAMS and our mission. Although KAMS is currently included in proposals for Kansas’ FY2010 budget, we need your support once again to ensure that KAMS is not left out of the budget process for FY2010.
All it takes is writing, emailing, or calling your state senator and state representative to express your support for KAMS and ask for theirs too! We have several letters for you to pick from, if you’re not sure how to express your support. Those letters are available here under the Subpage Heading on the right.
If you don’t know who your state senator or representative is you can look it up here and this webpage will direct you to their name, office number, phone number, and email address.
If you also would like to express your support of KAMS to Governor Sebelius, you may email her via the state of Kansas website here. You may also access the Governor’s address and phone number here.