March 17, 2017

STATE UPDATE:

House Committee sees draft of budget for higher education

On Wednesday, the House Budget Committee received a draft of the house committee substitute of HB 3, sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob), which funds higher education institutions in the state. The substitute combines UM System’s separate budget lines from last year into a single core but increases the overall core cut to 9.2 percent over current year appropriation. This represents a $323,359 reduction from the Governor’s earlier recommendation.  Meanwhile, the substitute restores some of the funding cut to all other public institutions, leaving them with a 6.58% cut.

UM System receives $7 million in funding for several separate program line appropriations in the budget, which represents 50% of funding needed in those areas. The Governor had zeroed out funds for those and other lines.

The separate line projects in the substitute include:

  • $5 million for expansion of MU School of Medicine’s clinical campus in Springfield ($10 million requested)
  • $1 million for a pharmacy doctorate program between UMKC and Missouri State University (MSU) ($2 million requested)
  • $1.5 million for a dental partnership between UMKC and Missouri Southern State University ($3.5 million requested)
  • $1 million for a joint mechanical engineering joint program between S&T and MSU ($2 million requested)

The budget committee will work through the details of the substitute when lawmakers return from Spring Break the week of March 27. Then, it goes to the House floor before moving to the Senate. The budget must be placed on the Governor’s desk by May 5.

The State Legislature is on spring break from March 20-24.  Therefore, there will be no state update next week.

FEDERAL UPDATE:

White House releases budget outline for FY 2018

This week, the White House sent Congress a budget outline for fiscal year (FY) 2018. A full budget request will be sent sometime in May. The budget, entitled “America First,” makes deep cuts, $54 billion, to non-defense discretionary programs and directs that additional funding to the Department of Defense. Congress will begin the FY 2018 appropriations process soon and will hold hearings regarding the budget request.  Because of the deep cuts to non-defense discretionary funding, Congress is not expected to embrace the full budget proposal.

President Choi meets with Missouri delegation

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi visited Washington, DC this week. He met with members of the Missouri congressional delegation and University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) congressional and journalism interns. During his visits, President Choi discussed his outlook and plans for the future of the UM System.

President Choi meets with Missouri delegation

Pictured: UM System President Mun Choi with MU interns from the Civic Leaders Internship Program (CLIP) and MU School of Journalism Washington Program

Missouri S&T ASUM students advocate in Washington, DC

This week, students from the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) at Missouri University of Science and Technology visited Washington, DC. The group met with the Missouri Congressional delegation to advocate for the importance of year-round Pell grants, lower student loan interest rates and funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Missouri ST ASUM students advocate i Washington, DC.

From left: Missouri S&T students Geoffrey Cline, Jacob Dittman, Kaitlyn Cocks, Paul Black and Tori Ramsey and Jerri Arnold-Cook, Director of Leadership and Cultural Program at Missouri S&T and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO-8)