Missouri budget plan cuts money for colleges

11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, May 04 2017 May 4, 2017 Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:30:00 PM CDT May 04, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved a spending plan to cut core funding for public colleges and universities by about 6.6 percent.

Legislators on Thursday sent the plan to Gov. Eric Greitens' desk. It's part of a package of bills outlining the state's $27 billion budget next fiscal year, which begins in July.

Lawmakers' work comes amid a budget crunch and lagging state revenues. Greitens and his predecessor, Jay Nixon, have made a combined $350 million of spending cuts to offset lower-than-expected revenues.

Greitens had asked lawmakers to cut higher education funding by nearly 10 percent to balance next year's budget. Legislators softened those cuts.

The proposal also seeks to force public colleges and universities to charge international tuition to students without lawful immigration status and bans scholarships for those students.

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