No MOHELA Money for MU

9 years 8 months 4 weeks ago April 24, 2007 Apr 24, 2007 Tuesday, April 24 2007 Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:12:23 PM CDT in News
With the Senate preparing to send the bill to the House, legislators representing Columbia are launching one last ditch effort to get some of that money back.

"Especially the one in Columbia and possible the one in Kansas City. Both of those are health care. I think that the health care projects should be the cornerstone of what we do," said Rep. Judy Baker of Columbia.

The original proposal included a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Research Center and a new medical education center totaling more than $31 million, but now the university will be getting nothing.  To one local politician, this hits close to home.

"I don't know if people know this but my wife is a cancer survivor and we have spent many hours in that facility and its obviously a major disappointment for me to have the republicans in the senate punish my district this way," said Rep. Ed Robb, Columbia.

Robb feels the issue isn't a party issue but is split along different lines.

"It splits on philosophical issues and obviously it splits on regional issues," said Robb.

While there might be a chance to restore the funding, the forecast for MU looks anything but sunny. Both Baker and Robb say restoring the cut is possible, but they know it's an uphill battle.

With less then four weeks remaining in session, some believe it will be interesting to see if the House can tackle the MOHELA issue as well as the Missouri Healthnet plan before adjourning.

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