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Senate approves cuts to Higher Ed

April 23, 2003
By: Elizabeth Gill
State Capital Bureau

The senate gave approval to a higher education budget that is $84 million less than last year's budget. Elizabeth Gill reports.

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During floor debate Democratic senator Ken Jacob tried unsuccesfully to re-allocate money to the needs-based College Guarantee program:

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Contents: "It gives us more student aid to the people who need it most. It gives a larger amount of student aid to the people who need it most."

Jacob says the state's economy can't grow if people can't afford to send their kids to college.

Republican senators defended the budget, saying it was the best they could do without going to the people with a tax increase.

Senators are still hoping to generate an additional $200 million in revenue, $35 million of which would off-set the cuts to education.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill, KMOX news.


Senate Republicans defend their approval of a higher education budget that is $84 million less than last year's budget. Elizabeth Gill reports.

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Senate republican Norma Champion says the budget is the best option without going to the people with a tax increase.

She says it's difficult to minimize the impact on higher education in light of the state's overall budget needs:

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Contents: "When we balance all the other education needs and we balance all the social needs and all of the entitlements that we have no control over there's just not that much of the pie to be divided up anymore."

Senators say they are hoping for an additional $200 million to be added to the budget, which would help minimize the cuts to education.

From the State Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill, KMOX news.