More higher education cuts forecast for Missouri

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 3:23 p.m. CDT; updated 6:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 17, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri's budget director are advising leaders of the state's public colleges to expect more budget cuts next year.

Nixon and budget director Linda Luebbering delivered their economic forecast Tuesday at a higher education summit in Jefferson City. Nearly 150 campus leaders attended.

Missouri's public colleges and universities absorbed about $50 million in cuts for the current academic year in exchange for a pledge to not increase undergraduate tuition for state residents. That deal didn't prevent the elimination of another $54 million in state scholarships in June to balance the budget.

Luebbering says she expects more reductions will be necessary for higher education in the next fiscal year. Both she and Nixon cautioned such predictions are preliminary and subject to state lawmakers' approval.


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