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Dustin Schnieders
Dustin Schnieders

Director for Government Relations



Office of Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations is the lobbying function on the state and federal level for the entire University of Missouri System including its four campuses, MU Extension and MU Health Care. Each year, the University sets its legislative priorities focused on funding its core and building for the future. Supporting these priorities will help the University carry out its mission and provide a significant return on investment for the state of Missouri.

Legislative Priorities for 2018 include:

Funding the Core

In total, UM System requests $456 million in core funding:

  1. $419 million in continuance of core operations appropriated in FY18.
  2. Combining our core and fully funding our on-going high demand line item programs.
    • $10 million MU Medical School Partnership
    • $2 million UMKC/MSU Pharmacy Doctorate Program
  3. $21 million in performance funding to invest in programs of excellence to recognize the UM System met all five performance measures this year.
  4. Funding for new high demand programs and partnerships

    • $1.5 million UMKC School of Dentistry Satellite at MSSU
    • $1 million Missouri S&T and MSU Engineering Expansion
    • $1 million Missouri S&T Programs in Clay County

Building for the Future

Provide priority consideration to help with the $1.6 billion backlog of maintenance and repair projects:

  • MU Translational Precision Medicine Complex/Research and Education Strategic Redevelopment ($150 million)
  • UMKC Spencer Chemistry & Biological Sciences Renovation Phase II ($33 million)
  • Missouri S&T Schrenk Hall Biosciences Complex Addition and Renovation Phase III ($54 million)
  • UMSL Space Consolidation and Infrastructure ($16 million)

For more details, click here (link to 2018 Legislative Priorities page)

To contact the Office of Government Relations, please call 573-882-2726.

Latest Updates

End of session recap

May 25, 2018

Recap of the 2018 regular legislative session that concluded on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

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Week of April 30 updates

May 4, 2018

Budget, dental bill and SB807 (omnibus bill) updates

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Week of April 23 updates

April 27, 2018

Senate budget, dental bill, higher ed omnibus bill updates

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