House committee proposes $8 million in cuts to UM System funding

Two weeks after legislators voted to deny the University of Missouri System a share in a funding increase for state universities, the Missouri House of Representatives Budget Committee proposed about $400,000 in cuts for MU and about $7.7 million for University of Missouri System administration.

In a statement Tuesday, committee chairman Rep. Tom Flanigan, R–Carthage, said his substitute for House Bill 2003 would reduce appropriations for MU by $402,059, the equivalent of salaries for Melissa Click’s position, as well as a chair in the Department of Communication and the dean of the College of Arts and Science.

The cut to UM is part of Flanigan’s $27.1 billion plan for the 2017 budget year that begins July 1. Flanigan unveiled his plan this week, but the budget must be approved by the House Budget Committee and the full Legislature.

UM System Interim President Michael Middleton said in a statement that system leadership and the Board of Curators “will continue to demonstrate to our legislators the considerable value that the system administration brings to our campuses and the taxpayers of our state.”

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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