March 10, 2017

STATE UPDATE:

House budget chairman to reveal proposed budget changes next week

Next week, House budget chairman Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) is expected to release his committee substitutes for the budget bills to the House Budget Committee as lawmakers prepare to go on spring break.  When they return March 27, the budget committee will begin mark-up on the bills with a plan to have the full budget before the House the first week of April.

For the UM System, the substitute will reveal whether the Governor’s proposed nine percent core budget cut for all public higher education institutions remains.  It also will show whether funding is provided for several of the UM System recurring partnership programs including the MU School of Medicine Springfield Clinical Campus, the UMKC-Missouri State University (MSU) pharmacy program, the UMKC-Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) satellite dental school and the Missouri S&T engineering partnerships with MSU and Clay County.  The Governor zeroed out all of those partnerships in his recommendations.

Senate panel hears from Governor’s curator nominees

This week, three of Governor Eric Greitens’ nominees for openings on the University of Missouri Board of Curators appeared before the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee.  Darryl Chatman from Foristell, Jamie Farmer from Jefferson City and Jeffrey Layman from Springfield were nominated for openings earlier this year.  The three answered questions from senators about their vision for the University, how they would approach funding challenges and their views on the land grant mission and accountability. The committee is expected to vote on the nominees at its next meeting March 15, with those recommendations then going before the full Senate for confirmation. The student representative and two vacancies will remain after these three are confirmed.

For more information on the nominees, please click here.

FEDERAL UPDATE:

House passes FY 2017 defense appropriations bill

The U.S. House has passed the fiscal year (FY) 2017 defense appropriations bill.  The legislation includes an 8.3 percent increase for basic defense research over the President’s FY 2017 budget request.  It also includes funding for the Manufacturing Universities program ($10 million) authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The bill is expected to move to the Senate now. The current FY 2017 continuing resolution (CR) runs until April 28. More information on the FY 2017 defense appropriations bill can be found here.

Agriculture and Extension leaders visit DC

This week, Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for Extension and engagement and Marc Linit, interim dean of MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR),  led a delegation to Capitol Hill to discuss with the Missouri delegation the importance of federal funding for research and extension programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During the visit, the group participated in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) national meeting and hosted a reception on Capitol Hill for Missouri congressional staff.

Agriculture and Extension leaders visit DC

Pictured above (left to right): Rob Kallenbach, H.C. Russell, Interim Dean Marc Linit, Kristin Perry, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tom Brown (CARET delegate from Lincoln University), Ed Turner and Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for extension and engagement 

 

 

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