Missouri ranks second in nation for education funding increases

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 8:26 a.m. CST; updated 11:09 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 11, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A new report ranks Missouri near the top nationally for recent funding increases to higher education.

A report being released Thursday by a group called State Higher Education Executive Officers said Missouri increased its funding for higher education by 6 percent from 2009 to 2010, and by 15 percent from 2008 to 2010.

Missouri's two-year percentage increase ranks second nationally behind North Dakota, and its one-year increase ranks fourth nationally. Missouri's increases came as a majority of states cut funding for higher education.

But Missouri had plenty of room for improvement. The report ranked Missouri 45th in per capita funding for higher education in 2008.

Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed funding cuts for colleges and universities next year to help balance the state budget.

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Reginald Ozwald February 11, 2010 | 11:41 a.m.

It's nice to know the University of MO takes good care of their employees. State increases funding but employees are given pay cuts to fund their pension plans, no cost of living raises, threats of furlows, and surveys to see what benefits we "like the best"...I guess Gary Forsee did such a great job with Sprint that the University Board of Curators saw a great opportunity to use him and the Rahm Emanuel playbook and not let a good "crsis" go to waste.

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