In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a 7 percent cut to higher education appropriations for the fiscal year 2012. The proposal could result in the University of Missouri System searching for ways to cover the $29.8 million budget cut it would face.
The drop in state support, coupled with mandatory increases in expenses next year, will leave the UM system with a budget-funding gap of nearly $72 million, according to a statement released by UM on Thursday morning.
State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, voiced his opposing opinion on the matter. He argued that the quality of education in public institutions will drop.
“The governor puts a bright face on it, but over time, these cuts will have a negative effect,” Kelly said, according to previous Missourian coverage.
However, state Rep. Mike Thomson, R-Maryville, looked at Gov. Nixon's proposed cut in a positive light. He said university administrators expected a much higher cut, ranging from 12 to 15 percent, according to the Missourian's previous coverage.
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