Bill that would allow MU to charge higher tuition stalls in Senate

A filibuster by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, would put on hold a bill that would allow the University of Missouri and other universities in the state to raise tuition past the rate of inflation.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, would do away with the current requirement that universities ask for permission from the state to charge more tuition and would allow universities to raise it 5 to 10 percent higher than inflation.

Rowden said the bill has come out of necessity as higher education funding takes hit after hit.

But Schaaf, who frequently looks to kill legislation by taking advantage of the Senate’s unlimited time for debate, came out swinging against Rowden’s legislation.

Schaaf said it was the university’s wasteful spending that is putting MU in a bind, not low tuition or funding cuts. He then spent nearly an hour filibustering — during which he listed the highest MU salaries — until Rowden conceded.

Before Rowden withdrew the bill, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, said that those salaries are not out of line compared to similar schools and that not allowing universities to charge higher tuition in light of cuts is unfair.

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