Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

January 18, 2008

Governor pledges to expand access to higher education in State of the State address

In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Gov. Matt Blunt called for a further investment in higher education. The governor recommended an appropriation of $457,283,469 for the University of Missouri for Fiscal Year 2009, or a 4.2 percent increase. Blunt also requested $31 million for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at MU and $15 million for the Pharmacy and Nursing Building at UMKC as part of the supplemental budget. University of Missouri Interim President Gordon H. Lamb praised the recommendations and said that the “investments proposed by the governor will help the University fulfill its missions of teaching, research, service and economic development.”

The governor also recommended $100 million--an increase of more than $27 million--for the need-based Access Missouri scholarship program. Blunt introduced UMSL nursing student and scholarship recipient Traci Clark as a “great example of how the Access Missouri scholarship is allowing Missouri students to reach their full potential and be of service to our fellow Missourians in the years to come.”

Additional budget recommendations made by the governor include: