Missouri House leader proposes redirecting funds to higher education

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:53 p.m. CST; updated 6:21 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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.


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