The Citizens For Higher Education group released its 2009/10 report card for state Representatives and Senators showing how state law makers voted in issues critical to higher education. Legislators were graded on a range of votes involving tuition, funding and policy issues for Regents universities and community colleges, campus safety, appropriations, budgets and more. While the report details all law makers actions, of note are the grades for the two Senators seeking a seat in Washington.
Huelskamp received a lifetime grade of an F- he’s one of 17 Senators to receive that grade. Fellow 1st District candidate Jim Barnett received a slightly better but still not spectacular grade of a C.
Out of a possible 44 points law makers could have earned for votes on various pieces of legislation, Huelskamp earned only 20. The report indicates he did not vote for the Kan-Ed funding and four other bills that impacted higher education. That being said, one of the bills that the organization took into account was the 2011 budget, which Huelskamp voted against.
Barnett’s record shows he earned 29 points with points also deducted for not voting for the 2011 budget bill.
The Citizens For Higher Education organization promotes the economic impact of higher education in various communities and statewide. A separate report claims Barnett’s district benefits from 3,869 jobs for post secondary education and $218.6 million in overall economic benefit. Huelskamp’s district reportedly saw 1,550 jobs and $79.2 million in overall economic benefit from secondary education.
The entire report can be found at kansashighereducation.org.