UMKC arts campus returns to legislative agenda

A plan to use state money for a University of Missouri-Kansas City downtown arts campus has new life in the Missouri Legislature.

Rep. Noel Shull, R-Kansas City, has introduced a bill to fund half the cost of a $96 million conservatory of dance and music in downtown Kansas City. Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed a similar proposal, which had garnered bipartisan and community support, last year.

Shull’s plan calls for the state to contribute $50 million to the arts campus. The previous plan called for a 50-50 split between the state and private contributions lined up by the University of Missouri System.

Since that bill was initially sent to Greitens last year, the UM System has said it will arrange 100 percent of the funding for the campus on its own. However, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation later withdrew its $20 million pledge for the project in a move viewed as a major blow to the project.

Read more: Jefferson City News-Tribune, Kansas City Star

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