April 7, 2017

STATE UPDATE:

House completes budget; Senate committee to start mark up

This week, the House completed work on the FY18 spending bills including HB 3, which funds higher education. The House version of the budget combines all of the UM System’s core funding lines and reflects a 9% core reduction compared to a 6.58% core reduction for all other public two- and four-year institutions.  The bill also provides partial funding for two of UM’s recurring line items: $5 million of the $10 million requested for expansion of the MU Medical School to fund a clinical campus in Springfield; and $1 million of $2 million requested for the UMKC-Missouri State University Pharmacy School partnership.

The House bill includes $21 million in additional appropriations to higher education above what the Governor recommended.  Several amendments were offered on the House floor that would have reduced the UM System’s appropriation and shifted the funding to other areas of the state budget, but all of the amendments were defeated. The bills will now go to the Senate. The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to begin mark up on the bills next Tuesday. Lawmakers must have the budget to the Governor by May 5.

Rep. Fitzpatrick presenting budget bills

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) presenting the budget bills to the House of Representatives

Undergraduates showcase their research at the Capitol

The UM System’s Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held this week in the Capitol Rotunda. This event illustrates opportunities our students have to work with faculty on cutting-edge research across the four campuses of the University of Missouri System.  From healthcare to agriculture, engineering to education, our undergraduate students get to experience the excitement, challenge and power of research working with our world-class faculty. Students met with legislators to describe their research.  For more photos from the event, please click here.

Kara Schulte with Rep. Cornejo

Pictured: MU student Kara Schulte and Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Peters)

Rep. Rowland with Jacob Gurera

Pictured: Rep. Rory Rowland (D-Independence) and UMKC student Jacob Gurera

Rep. Frederic with Tristah Shatto

Pictured: Rep. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) and Missouri S&T student Tristan Shatto

Senator Wieland with Michael Austin

Pictured: Senator Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) and UMSL student Michael Austin

UM System Curators approved by Senate

Three seats on the UM System Board of Curators were filled this week after the Senate confirmed appointments made by Governor Greitens.   Darryl Chatman, Jeff Layman and Jamie Farmer will begin work with the Board of Curators immediately. For more information on these individuals, please visit the Board of Curators website.

FEDERAL UPDATE:

White House creates Office of American Innovation

On March 27, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum regarding the creation of a new office called the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI). The OAI will be directed by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the President.  The new office will work closely with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  The White House has not yet named an OSTP Director. The Office of American Innovation “will make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation.” The OAI will create taskforces in the areas of: modernizing government services and information technology, veteran’s services, infrastructure, regulatory and process reforms, manufacturing, addressing the drug and opioid epidemic, and developing “workforce of the future” programs. The full announcement can be found here.

MU Extension participates in Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference

This week, Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for Extension and Engagement at MU, led a group of faculty, staff and volunteers to Washington, DC for the annual PILD conference.  As part of the conference, the group traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the Missouri congressional delegation to talk about the work of MU Extension and to urge support for robust funding for USDA programs that support Extension activities.

MU Extension participates in PILD conference
Pictured (left to right): Patrick Byers, Mark Stewart, Jay Chism, Blake Naughton, Valencia Broadus, Clint Dougherty 

MU College of Education Dean in Washington, DC

This week, Kathryn Chval, dean of MU College of Education, visited Washington, DC for the LEARN Spring advocacy day. While in DC, she met with staff from key congressional offices in the House and Senate to discuss the importance of funding for education science research, such as the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).

MU College of Education Dean in Washington, DC
Pictured: Dean Kathryn Chval, MU College of Education and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4)

 

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