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Presidents of higher education institutions urge lawmakers to stop cutting funds for education

Date: February 1, 2012
By: Natalia Allen
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri lawmakers express concern about more higher education budget cuts.
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Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon proposed to cut 15 percent of higher education funds.  

The House Education Appropriations Committee Chair Republican Mike Lair says the budget cut will limit higher education institutions.

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Description: "And so when you think of taking one quarter of the money away from them over a three year period you know it's getting to the point where we're not cutting fat any more, we're cutting muscle."

Lair says universities might have to limit the number of students admitted or lose programs to be able to manage the resources.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Natalia Allen.

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University of Missouri System Interim President urges lawmakers to stop cutting funds for higher education.
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Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon proposed cutting 15 percent of funding for higher education.

The University of Missouri System Interim President Steve Owens says the budget cut will affect more than just education.

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Description: "The magnitude of the proposed appropriations reduction to the University of Missouri will require layoffs, keep open positions unfilled and negatively affect our ability to create new jobs."
Owens was one of several university presidents to testify before the House Education Appropriations Committee.
 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Natalia Allen.

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The University of Missouri tuition increase proposal got little attention from lawmakers.
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Wrap: University of Missouri System Interim President Steve Owens discussed the proposed 6.5 percent tuition increase during a House Education Appropriations Committee hearing.

Lawmakers briefly questioned Owens at the hearing.

Republican Representative Mike Lair says that Owens is going about getting extra funds the only way he knows how.

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Description: "You have two choices, you reduce services or gain additional money."

Lair also said he has a lot of other jobs to do rather than try to pass judgment on this tuition increase.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Natalia Allen.


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