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Statement from UM System President Gary Forsee on governor’s budget actions

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John Fougere

Chief Communications Officer

University Relations

Jun 25, 2009

"The University of Missouri System is disappointed that the governor has chosen to withhold funding for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia and Benton/Stadler Halls at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as eliminate funding for the agricultural experiment station projects across the state. As a practical consequence, all planning for these projects must come to a halt as the university re-evaluates its options.

"These construction and renovation projects enjoy wide public support and address long-standing problems with aging facilities that no longer serve the purposes for which they are intended. We fully understand the state is facing challenging financial times, but eliminating or delaying funding for shovel-ready projects represents a missed opportunity to stimulate the economy by providing jobs and better education and health care services for Missourians."