Measure would deny UM system funds boost

4 years 1 week 3 days ago Thursday, February 11 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:02:10 AM CST February 11, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The University of Missouri system would be nixed from a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee, and the system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

Republican State Rep. Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson headed the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee. The Columbia Tribune reported that she steered a spending plan for higher education through her committee Wednesday that included a 2 percent increase for state colleges and universities except for the four-campus University of Missouri system.

Lichtenegger said that's because an assistant professor at the Columbia campus remains employed despite her recorded run-in with a student videographer during race-related November protests, and because the governing board didn't quash a protest during their meetings last week.

The appropriation bills now move to the House Budget Committee.

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