Columbia Chamber urges legislators to stabilize UM System funding

Missouri could be facing more budget cuts this year, but state lawmakers from mid-Missouri say they will try to minimize the impact to the University of Missouri System.

Speaking to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce at an event on Thursday, Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, said he expects slow revenue growth this year will lead to budget cuts, but not as much as last year.

The chamber looked back at its lobbying efforts in 2017 and outlined its major legislative priorities for 2018 at the event. The chamber wants to stabilize funding for the UM System and Missouri’s transportation system.

Missouri cut the core funding of the UM System by 9 percent in 2017, after Gov. Eric Greitens tacked on an additional $11 million in cuts to the 6.5 percent cut the General Assembly agreed to.

Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, said her family helped found MU in 1839 and called it the engine that drives Columbia and Boone County.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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