Legislators Collide Over MOHELA

9 years 4 months 2 weeks ago May 08, 2007 May 8, 2007 Tuesday, May 08 2007 Tuesday, May 08, 2007 9:17:37 PM CDT in News
"I was very disappointed that the public higher education bill passed without being much for higher education," said Rep. Judy Baker of Columbia.

"I'm very disappointed obviously and I'm dedicated to make sure that we fix that, so I'm going to be working with the senate leadership, house leadership, and with the governor. We've already talked to him about getting the money back for the Ellis Fischel cancer hospital," said Rep. Ed Robb of Columbia.

However, Robb feels there is someone to blame in this situation.

"We had a chance early in this year to get $95 million for the university and unfortunately our senator decided that he didn't want that money," Robb said.

Senator Graham disagreed.

"...Well Ed Robb needs to read the constitution, in a supplemental appropriation bill, those projects can only be put in by the governor, they can't be put in by anyone else and so this in on Matt Blunt's doorstep, Ed Robb voted the same way I did, we both voted no," said Sen. Chuck Graham of Columbia.

However Graham blames a higher power.

"The governor has never been supportive of this university and the governor's never been supportive of Columbia. The first thing he did was take our historic name and now he's taken all the projects off our campus. We shouldn't be surprised that the governor of Springfield is doing that to the University of Missouri and the Columbia community because that's how he's been the whole time he's been here," Graham said.

The MOHELA bill is currently on the governor's desk, but there is a chance legislators can still amend the university's list of buildings to another appropriations bill, but that's not likely.

The bill would fund these University of Missouri projects:

   -- $5 million for a plant science research center in Mexico, Mo.

   -- $2 million for the Delta Research Center, plant science greenhouse.

   -- $2 million for the Greenley Learning and Discovery Park.

   -- $3.3 million for an education center in Lawrence County.

   -- $600,000 for an education center in Atchison and Holt counties.

   -- $3.2 million for an agroforestry research center in Howard County.

   -- $350,000 for a learning discovery center in Gentry County.

   -- $725,000 for an agricultural facility in Grundy County.

   -- $600,000 for an education facility in Crawford County.

   -- $2.6 million for swine confinement and biomedical research facilities in Boone County.

   -- $600,000 for a swine research facility in Callaway County.

   -- $3.4 million for dental school equipment replacement at the Kansas City campus.

   -- $15 million for a mechanical engineering building at the Rolla campus.

   -- $28.5 million for Benton and Stadler halls at the St. Louis campus

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