Budget deal reduces funds, improves survival odds for university collaborations

A trio of planned collaborative efforts by universities across the state saw their budgeted state funding reduced but their prospects of survival increased Wednesday thanks to a deal reached between Missouri lawmakers and school officials.

The agreement covers a University of Missouri medical campus in Springfield medical campus, a University of Missouri-Kansas City pharmacy program in Springfield and an effort by Missouri State University and the Missouri University of Science and Technology to expand engineering education.

Missouri House members adjusted the state’s $28.8 billion budget during the mark-up process Wednesday. In doing so, they made the collaborative university programs less vulnerable to being cut during negotiations with the Senate or as line-item vetoes by Gov. Eric Greitens, who has recommended numerous cuts to higher education.

In exchange, the state’s funding for the programs would be only 60 percent of the initial proposed amount — about $10.2 million, down from $17 million.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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