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UM-system budget sparks debate

February 10, 1999
By: Princess Reyes
State Capital Bureau
Links: HJR 3
The UM system budget was the topic of debate today/Wednesday in the state capitol. Princess Reyes has this story from Jefferson City:

A bill, sponsored by Representatives Marsha Campbell and Gracia Backer would allow Missouri lawmakers to approve the budget of each UM school, depending on their individual needs. If each school's budget is appropriated separately, Campbell and Backer say the General Assembly would have greater accountability as well as pay closer attention to the needs of each campus.

But UM system president, Manuel Pacheco, likes the way the system is now.

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Contents: Pacheco says the current system eliminates competition among the UM schools, assures fair distribution of funds and saves the state money.
Pacheco says a single budget is easier to manage since the UM system is expanding.

Princess Reyes from Jefferson City.