Missouri lawmakers have forged a contentious relationship with the UM System after a season of upheaval on the MU campus.
Several members of the General Assembly have been outspoken in their displeasure with university leadership and faculty in light of the campus protests. Many have also expressed anger about the way MU has handled Melissa Click, the assistant professor of communication who tried to block a student journalist from filming the protests in November.
Lawmakers have also taken steps to restrict the university system’s budget. The House Higher Education Appropriations Committee voted on Feb. 10 to deny the UM System a 2 percent funding increase. If the measures passes and is signed by the governor, all state-funded universities except the UM System would receive increased funding. The bill was referred on Feb. 11 to the House Select Committee on Budget, and no further action had been taken as of Friday.
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