April 28, 2017

STATE UPDATE:

Budget heads to conference with a major difference in higher education core

The Senate and House have both completed spending plans for higher education, and the budget bills will go to a conference committee next week to work out the differences.  For the UM System, the House included a core cut of 9.02% and the Senate included a core cut of 6.58%.  The conference committee will determine the final amount of the cut, which will be between those two percentages as well as several differences in recurring line item programs.  The UM System has urged legislators to equalize the core cuts among all public institutions.

Constitutionally, lawmakers must have a final budget on the Governor’s desk by Friday, May 5.

Senate sends UMKC Downtown Arts Campus to Governor’s desk

The Senate took up and passed HCR 19, sponsored by Rep. Noel Shull (R-Kansas City), which authorizes future issuance of bonds to provide $48 million in state support for the Downtown Arts Campus for UMKC. UMKC raised 50% of the funds from private and community support for the project, which was a top priority for the Kansas City region.  The resolution, which now goes to the Governor’s desk, calls for bonds to be issued in 2020.

FEDERAL UPDATE:

House passes short-term CR, Congress expects to pass Omnibus next week

This week, Congress passed a short term continuing resolution (CR) for fiscal year (FY) 2017 that will keep the federal government funded past April 28.  The new CR runs until May 5.  The extra week will give Congress the opportunity to pass a few FY 2017 spending bills, likely packaged together as an “Omnibus,” with a longer CR that will fund the federal government until September 30, 2017.

Senator Blunt visits Rolla, meets with Chancellor Schrader

During the recent congressional recess, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) visited Rolla to tour MO-Sci, a high-tech specialty glass production and testing facility.  He also met with industry and education leaders, including Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl Schrader.

Chancellor
Pictured: Chancellor Schrader and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Rep. Clay at UMSL

On April 15, Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1) visited UMSL to host his annual U.S. Service Academy ceremony. Thirteen students in the 1st Congressional District were nominated to attend various U.S. military academies.

Rep. Clay with nominated students
Pictured: Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1) with students nominated to the U.S. service academies

MU undergraduate visits DC for Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Kara Schulte, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) undergraduate at the College of Education, was in Washington, DC this week to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2017 Posters on the Hill Advocacy Day.  The event selects sixty top student research projects out of hundreds of applications. Schulte met with members of the Missouri congressional delegation and presented her research at a reception on Capitol Hill. Schulte’s research focuses on how motivation and education impact math standardized test scores.

Rep. Hartzler and Kara Schulte
Pictured: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and Kara Schulte, senior at MU

Missouri S&T Vice Provost Allada in DC

Dr. Venkat Allada, vice provost for graduate studies, was in Washington, DC this week for the Council of Graduate Schools annual advocacy day. While in DC, Allada met with staff from the Missouri congressional delegation to discuss the importance of graduate student research and graduate student loans for Missouri S&T.

Vice Provost Allada
Pictured: Vice Provost Allada, Missouri S&T

 

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