MU students will speak against cutting education funds

Monday, February 13, 2012 | 8:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — MU student leaders are headed to Jefferson City on Tuesday to ask lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon to think twice before raising tuition.

The Missouri Students Association said it has collected more than 6,000 letters opposing higher education funding cuts in the 2012-13 academic year. Nixon's budget recommends a 12.5 percent cut for the state's public colleges and universities.

The governor has since said he wants to use $40 million from Missouri's share of a nationwide settlement with mortgage lenders for higher education. That would reduce the proposed spending cut to just under 8 percent.

Student leaders from the Columbia campus plan to testify at a House Higher Education Committee meeting Tuesday morning and later meet individually with House Speaker Steve Tilley and other legislators.


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