Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

March 18 , 2005

University of Missouri supporters converge on the Capitol for Legislative Day

Speaker Rod Jetton
Rep. Jetton addresses the crowd at Legislative Day.

"We should do everything we can to make the University of Missouri a top University in the nation," Gibbons said when addressing the crowd. "That is not only good for the University of Missouri, but it is good for the people of this state. We need to provide all of the resources we can to help make that happen."

Following comments by Gibbons, House Speaker Rod Jetton reinforced his support for no cuts to higher education, which drew applause from the crowd. "It is not every year that higher education people get excited with a flat budget, but that is indeed what the Governor has recommended for you and compared to other areas of the state budget this year, that is great news. And I can tell you that in the House, we are intent on not cutting you this year."

Audience at Legislative Day, March 16, 2005

Jetton was instrumental in reinstating the standing committee on higher education in the House this year. He added that it was important for University supporters to come to the Capitol and talk with legislators. "Contrary to popular belief, with term limits we don’t know everything, so your participation is important, "Jetton said.

The University presented presidential citations for alumni service to six individuals during the event: Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles) for the University of Missouri-Columbia; Dr. Linda Eddy for the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Chancellor Gary Thomas for the University of Missouri-Rolla; Dudley Grove for the University of Missouri-St. Louis; Doyle Childers for University of Missouri Extension; and Mary James for the University of Missouri as a whole.

University supporters distributed wall maps of each lawmaker’s legislative district during visits and also viewed displays in the Rotunda featuring University programs and economic development.

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