Nixon proposes modest increase in higher education funding
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is asking for $25 million for higher education next fiscal year.
But $13 million would be generated in part through expanded Medicaid funding, which has been widely criticized by Republicans. The governor also wants more than $161 million to update and repair campuses.
Although colleges and university officials say the money would help, they added it's not much after years of underfunding.
University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose says a .8 percent tuition increase is possible. But Ambrose says the increase could be avoided if lawmakers give the Warrensburg school more than what the governor is requesting.
Missouri State University in Springfield is looking at raising tuition by up to 2 percent for out-of-state students and graduate students regardless of what the Legislature does.