June 29, 2005
Recent UM News
UM Legislative Update is published by Government Relations and University Relations to inform stakeholders of important government activities affecting the University of Missouri.
In this issue:
- UM to explore fixed tuition rates for students
- Governor signs higher education appropriations bill
- State returns deferred funds to the University
- Missouri State Government Review Commission meets in Kansas City
- UMSL chancellor delivers annual report to community
- Federal update: Transportation bill and higher education
- Profile: Rep. Bryan Pratt
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd announced that he will begin a process to consider changing how the University charges tuition. Among the proposed changes would be a guaranteed tuition rate for incoming undergraduate students for four years, or the stated duration of their program. Read more on the proposal.
Gov. Matt Blunt signed HB 3, the higher education appropriations bill, on June 23. The governor approved the entire core budget appropriation passed for the University of Missouri by the General Assembly. Missouri governors have the power of "line item veto," meaning they can reduce or eliminate items within an appropriations bill. Three items in the bill that had not received the governor’s initial recommendation were vetoed. The governor reduced a "University of Missouri Related" appropriation for the Missouri Institute of Mental Health in St. Louis that is affiliated with the MU School of Medicine by $459,970. The Alzheimer's Research Fund was reduced by $227,335. Finally, the General Assembly had added $758,000 for Lincoln University that also was eliminated.
Michael Keathley, Commissioner of the State's Office of Administration, confirmed June 28 that the deferrals the state held back for fiscal year 2005 -- for the state’s monthly payments in March, April and May -- have been returned to the University of Missouri. The approximately $63 million was restored to the University over a two-day period beginning on June 27. “We promised the money would be restored, and have done so,” Keathley said.
The Missouri State Government Review Commission met in Kansas City on June 24 for public testimony on a variety of topics, including the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s proposals regarding UM-Kansas City. Members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, commissioned by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, presented their recommendation to restructure the current administration of the University to create more balance, with some governance of UMKC at the community level. Among the goals were to create a “great urban university” and substantially increase higher education research capacity in Kansas City. A number of other presenters testified against the recommendation, including Rep. Beth Low (D-Kansas City) and a panel consisting of UMKC faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Missouri State Government Review Commission is charged with making recommendations about restructuring state departments and programs for maximum efficiency.
Rep. Barbara Fraser (D-St. Louis), Sen. Rita
Days (D-St. Louis), and Rep. Rachel Storch
(D-St. Louis) at the UMSL report to the community.
During UMSL's 29th annual Report to the Community on May 20, Chancellor Tom George addressed student scholarships, new partnerships, and other highlights from the campus. More than 800 people, including elected officials, attended the event. [Read more…]
The House and Senate continue deliberations in conference to try to reach an agreement on the Highway Bill. In other federal news, the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization is moving forward on Capitol Hill as both the House and Senate introduced bills this month. [Read more…]
Rep. Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs), vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995 and a juris doctor from the UM-Columbia School of Law in 1999. “My education at Mizzou provided me with a solid base for my legislative career in terms of dealing with people and different groups and working on legislation,” Pratt said. [Read more…]
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