Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

May 13, 2005

Budget

The state budget for fiscal year 2006 was truly agreed to and finally passed, and placed on Gov. Matt Blunt's desk by Friday, May 6. The House and Senate voted to keep public higher education institutions in Missouri at the 2005 level. While this is not an increase, given the state's limited resources, higher education fared better than most state departments.

The University of Missouri received $401,019,361 for its core or operating budget, and the University Hospital and Clinics received approximately $23 million, also a flat appropriation. UM-Kansas City received a $1 million increase for its School of Dentistry to address the shortage of dentists in the state.

The legislature also voted to cut funding for two state services stewarded by the University, reducing MOREnet's budget by $4.35 million and eliminating MOBIUS' appropriation entirely. The location of these two information technology services will be combined for a savings of approximately $200,000 to $300,000 annually.

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