Boone County lawmakers respond to proposed higher education cuts

2 years 2 months 6 days ago Tuesday, January 23 2018 Jan 23, 2018 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:35:00 PM CST January 23, 2018 in News
By: Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Several mid-Missouri lawmakers are against Governor Eric Greitens’ proposed higher education cuts.

The governor outlined his proposed budget at a news conference Monday evening and said the administration had to make some tough choices. The budget outline suggested cutting more than $68 million from higher education institutions.

Greitens said because of the increase in money spent on health care, “We have to tighten up in other areas of government and spend less money.”

The University of Missouri System in a statement said if this reduction goes through, the system would suffer a total of $71 million in state cuts during the past three years. It said this will put $38 million at risk through performance funding.

“We recognize and appreciate the hard work of our elected leaders in addressing the fiscal challenges facing the state. As the largest public institution of higher learning in Missouri, we’ll also contribute our share to address these fiscal challenges,” MU leadership said.

Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said in a statement these budget cuts hinder Missouri’s ability to compete.

“We cannot continue to balance the budget on the backs of students,” Rowden said. “They are the future workers and job creators Missouri desperately needs to cultivate.”

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, said he is concerned to see another year of double digit budget cuts to higher education.

“I will do everything I can to make sure we fight to restore some of the proposed cuts to make sure we can reduce those cuts,” Kendrick said.

However, he did not provide a clear solution to help balance the budget.

“Across the board unfortunately we’re scraping the bottom on our public funding, so there’s just not a lot of fat left in the budget,” Kendrick said. “We’re going to dig into the budget and try to get a better understanding of how some money can be moved around to put some money back into higher education.”

Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, said she understands higher education is important to people in her district. She said she wants time to look through the budget and analyze it before making any decisions.

"It would be nice if it was just a simple as being able to kind of just pull things and have that, but it is a process, so I’m fully engaged in that process and taking input from constituents in the district,” Walsh said.

Walsh said the budget is an ongoing conversation.

“The way that the budget process works is that the books are four feet tall,” Walsh said. “I’m going down and getting hard copies because I want to be able to take notes and actually go through that page by page.”

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Kansas City Council woman Alissia Canady is running as a Democrat for Missouri lieutenant... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:57:41 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:09:59 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson held his daily COVID-19 press conference Tuesday afternoon. At the press conference, he... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:05:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia teen is leading the charge to make face shields for healthcare workers as the nation is... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:01:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
If you are feeling anxious about COVID-19, you're not alone. A new survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals more... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:58:38 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State lawmakers were originally scheduled to be back at the capitol Jefferson City this week after their spring... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the first week Columbia Public Schools is delivering meals for students as school is held at... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:50:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
DC —Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 121 members of Congress in sending a letter... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Andrew Zumwalt about the stock market's roller coaster ride... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:34:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department hasn't received any reports of scams related to COVID-19, yet. But in... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30:31 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Lakota Coffee was broken into Monday night, according to a Facebook post by the company. "We... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:39:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:17:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On March 1, daily life in Columbia looked a lot different than it does today. People were... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson said during his daily press briefing on Monday that it could be 60 to 90 days... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— MU students will have from May 18 to June 5 to decide whether to report their grades as letter... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:50:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Six restaurant owners gathered together to provide "scrappy meals" for those in need due to COVID-19 on Monday... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
10pm 54°
11pm 51°
12am 46°
1am 45°