JEFFERSON CITY — The top budget writer in the Missouri House of Representatives proposed reversing Gov. Jay Nixon's cuts to public colleges and universities while eliminating a program that provides aid to the blind.
House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, outlined his new budget proposal Wednesday to The Associated Press in advance of distributing copies to fellow lawmakers.
In January, Nixon proposed a $106 million funding cut for higher education institutions. He later proposed to reduce that by $40 million by tapping money the state will receive from a settlement with mortgage lenders.
Silvey's plan would wipe out the rest of Nixon's proposed cut to higher education — partly by redirecting $28 million that now goes to programs for the blind. It also would eliminate Nixon's proposed $5 million funding increase for K-12 schools.