State May Increase College Funding
Gov. Blunt's budget calls for a 2% increase in college funding, but, that may not mean new programs.
On Monday, Department of Higher Education commissioners discussed a lot of numbers for proposed funding, and Commissioner Gregory Fitch used some to outline a funding plan.
"Everyone will know exactly how the funds are being spent and then the results of it," he said.
Fitch told the House Appropriations Committee how much money higher education will need next year. But, the higher education budget has a big mountain to climb.
First, each college and university in the state submits its plan to the Department of Higher Education, which compiles the information and presents it to the Appropriation Committee. It sends the information to lawmakers for debate. If they approve, they send the bill to Gov. Blunt for final review.
But, some legislators worry Blunt has not accounted for rising costs for heat and medical coverage.
"They're going to have to find a way to meet those fixed costs just like you and I do in our family budgets, said Republican Rep. Kathlyn Fares of St. Louis.
Fares hopes that doesn't wipe out the governor's proposed increase.
College and university presidents can present their suggestions to lawmakers on Tuesday morning.