UM System fights for funding amid talk of budget cuts

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 02 2016 Mar 2, 2016 Wednesday, March 02, 2016 2:41:00 AM CST March 02, 2016 in News
By: Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Friends, faculty and alumni of the University of Missouri System had the chance to speak face to face with lawmakers about restoring its funding on Wednesday. 

UM System Legislative Day allows for all four campuses to come together and remind lawmakers of the impact of their universities. 

John Fougere, a UM representative, said given the threats of recent budget cuts, leadership really wants to focus in on the economic impact of the universities. 

“I think the biggest point we are trying to make to them is all the great things the University of Missouri has always done… the education, the research, the health care, the economic development," Fougere said. 

He said that cutting funding would hurt both students and the state's economy. 

“When our funds are drastically cut, that means that it is harder for students to attend the university, tuition could go up, financial aid can go down," Fougere said. "Much more of our future as far as students, will look to go elsewhere to go to college and leave the state and probably never come back. That’s going to hurt our economy down the line.”

The House Select Budget Committee voted to cut roughly $7.6 million from funding for the UM System Administration Tuesday. 

Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, said, as a legislature, they have failed to fix the real problems going on, especially on MU’s campus, and now all four campuses and the state will suffer. 

"We need to make sure that environment is good for all the students, and no one seems to want to address that issue. And the university will have no other choice once we start cutting to increase tuition,” she said. "This cut is not just going to hurt the MU campus, it's going to hurt the entire University of Missouri System."

However, this sentiment is not shared by everyone at the Capitol.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, proposed a resolution to establish a review commission for the UM System Tuesday. 

Schaefer said he feels that UM receives too much of the state’s money to not be held accountable for what he refers to as a lack of leadership over the university’s recent race-related issues. 

“That's taxpayer money and I think they should be held accountable for that,” he said. 

Fougere said leadership has been working tirelessly regain trust of Missouri lawmakers. 

“We are always open to ways that we can improve, but the main point we want to make is that we will always try to improve,” Fougere said. 

He said he hopes lawmakers will once again see, through their reinforcements, just how essential the University of Missouri System is to the entire state.

“It’s important for all Missourians to understand just what an asset the University of Missouri System is to the state of Missouri and how important it is to strengthen that asset as we go forward.” 

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A judge sentenced a Fulton man to 17 years in prison last week after he admitted to... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 4:59:00 PM CST January 26, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a shooting between two cars, which started at a roundabout on Business Loop 70 Sunday... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:07:00 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
CALABASAS, Calif. - NBC reports Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna are among nine people who died in a helicopter crash... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 2:22:00 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Even though he grew up in Kentucky, Braden Tyrer is as big a Chiefs fan as they come.... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 2:21:00 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former southwestern Missouri fire chief convicted last year of raping a young woman has been... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 1:30:17 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials in Los Angeles County have confirmed a fourth U.S. case of the new pneumonia-like... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 1:24:49 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia, Voluntary Action Center (VAC), and the Downtown Optimist Club are putting on their annual... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:31:00 AM CST January 26, 2020 in Continuous News
KINGDOM CITY— A Callaway County Sheriff's Office deputy found a stole firearm, numerous "felony level controlled substances" and drug paraphernalia... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:50:00 AM CST January 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Abortion is expected to play a key role in Missouri's 2020 governor’s race, when voters... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:21:45 AM CST January 26, 2020 in News
BENTON COUNTY — A Blue Springs, Missouri woman is dead after a crash Saturday night. Andralee Taylor, 32, was... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:20:01 AM CST January 26, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County will celebrate its bicentennial in 2020, and one of the first efforts to create a... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:01:00 AM CST January 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Singing, dancing, and speaking were all part of The Cultural Association of India's annual India Day celebration Saturday afternoon.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:05:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— Officers with the University of Missouri Police Department arrested John T. McLiney, 19, on one count of... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 4:00:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri is holding its 5th Annual Unity Concert. The goal of the event... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:53:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
FULTON - About 20 Fulton YMCA members kicked the cold Saturday by bundling up and running in the 4th annual... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:48:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE — The third annual Superfinn Autism Foundation Guns and Hoses Event was hosted at Boonville High School Saturday. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:10:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA- More than 100 people showed up for the 7th annual ROC 7K Trail run at Cosmo Park Saturday morning.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:04:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Dozens of veterans showed up to All American Dental for free dental work Saturday. Leroy Strube, a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 25 2020 Jan 25, 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 2:04:00 PM CST January 25, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
9pm 31°
10pm 30°
11pm 29°
12am 29°