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Gov. Nixon affirms support for tuition freeze

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 3:23 p.m. CDT; updated 10:38 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 30, 2010
Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Wednesday, April 7, at the Reynolds Alumni Center at MU. During the talk, Nixon detailed for budget reform in Missouri. The governor talked about ways the state could cut spending in the face of decreased available funds. "Our most pressing challenge is closing a $500 million budget gap, caused by lower-than-normal state revenue," he said.

COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon says he'll fight to preserve a tuition freeze agreement for public colleges and universities targeted by lawmakers trying to balance the budget.

Speaking Wednesday at MU, Nixon praised higher education leaders for coming forward last fall with the deal aimed at averting further budget cuts.

The agreement would freeze tuition at public colleges and universities for the next academic year in exchange for no more than $50 million in cuts in state funding for higher education.

On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee endorsed a $65 million cut. Nixon says he's hopeful the $50 million reduction will be restored by the full Senate or during negotiations with the House.


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