MOHELA Is Law
The MOHELA bill authorizes the use of money from loans sold by MOHELA for capital improvement projects around the state. The $350 million sale is controversial. The final version of the MOHELA bill did not include funding for the MU campus.
"I think we're disappointed because there were a lot of things that were very, very promising but as it evolved through the session things got involved, politics, all sorts of different things and the end result was, I don't think Columbia came out very well at all," Don Laird, from Columbia Chamber of Commerce, said.
The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center was orginally slated to receive $85 million in funding.
"Dynamics that weren't necessarily positive and in the end we got shut out," Laird said.
MU will get some funding for agriculture research projects around the state.
"I think hopefully as we go forward, there's an opportunity next year so that a portion of those funds that were slated for the Columbia campus will be reinserted," Laird said.