Greitens announces $146 million in cuts; higher education takes biggest blow

Gov. Eric Greitens said Monday he will cut $146.4 million from the state budget because of lower-than-expected revenues and a poor state economy.

More than half the cuts will come from the Department of Higher Education, which oversees the state’s public colleges and universities.

Greitens said he would not take any money from K-12 education, although the restrictions announced Monday also include an $8.6 million cut from the transportation budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The biggest cuts by far were made to colleges and universities — almost $79 million in spending for public post-secondary schools was chopped. Included in the reductions is a $55.9 million cut to “core funding” of four-year schools, and $11.9 million in similar cuts for community colleges.

A statement from his office said Greitens “will detail his plans to reduce government waste and grow the economy” in his State of the State address Tuesday night.

However, Greitens will break from tradition and won’t outline his budget proposal for next fiscal year in the speech.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Public Radio

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