Didn’t make it to ASUM & MSA’s #MoreForLess Rally? We’ll fill you in…
Thursday, over 150 students rallied in Jefferson City as part of MSA and ASUM’s More for Less Campaign. More for Less began as a play on the irony of Governor Nixon’s expectation that the University of Missouri System produce remarkable results with insulting levels of funding: The UM System is currently being funded at 2001 levels with 17,000 more students. MSA, ASUM and Missouri legislators spoke to students about continuing to stand up for the quality of their education.
MSA President Xavier Billingsley thanked students for their participation in the Rally, and legislators for their hard work, but emphasizes the need to remain aware: “It’s time to stand up and take action.”
Representative Ryan Silvey, chair of the House Budget Commitee, acknowledges the tough decisions legislators had to make in order to keep level funding for higher education. However, the Senate and House approved versions of the budget that returned over $60 million to higher education funding; this now will be discussed by a joint committee. Representative Silvey was confident these restorations will be approved: “We have won that battle.”
President Pro Tem of the Senate, Robert Mayer, speaks to students about the Senate’s work to ensure higher education is funded appropriately. “I look forward to working with you to secure a bright future for higher education,” he told students.
[Left] Representative Kurt Schaefer, representing Columbia, tells students “This has been a rough year, but the shining star in this budget is being able to maintain funding for higher eduation. That was a top priority.” Representative Schaefer also said he would continue fighting for ASUM’s Student Curator initiative: “We will get that bill through eventually.”
[Right] Representative Jason Holsman thanks students for their activism in the budget process. “To see all of you hear today tells me that you are paying attention,” he said.
Thank You; ASUM Announces ‘Legislators of the Year’
ASUM chose two legislators that consistently stood up for higher education interests in Missouri. Representative Ryan Silvey (left), Chair of the House Budget Committee, faced intense criticism after making tough decisions to continue funding Higher Education institutions. His work led to the restoration of over $60 million to higher education funding. Senator Kurt Schaefer (right), representing Columbia, tells students “This has been a rough year, but the shining star in this budget is being able to maintain funding for higher eduation. That was a top priority.” Senator Schaefer also said he would continue fighting for ASUM’s Student Curator initiative, which he sponsored: “We will get that bill through eventually.”
And Columbia’s Own… Representative Chris Kelly (right), of Columbia, has also worked year after year to support level funding for the UM System as well as ASUM’s Student Curator initiative. “We don’t need to be talking about how to just barely keep our head out of the flood,” Representative Kelly told students Thursday. “We need to fix the boat.”