Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The University of Missouri system would be nixed from a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee, and the system’s handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

Republican State Rep. Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson heads the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee. The Columbia Tribune reports that she steered a spending plan for higher education through her committee Wednesday that includes a 2 percent increase for state colleges and universities except for the four-campus University of Missouri system.

Lichtenegger says that’s because an assistant professor at the Columbia campus remains employed despite her recorded run-in with a student videographer during race-related November protests, and because the governing board didn’t quash a protest during their meetings last week.

The appropriation bills now move to the House Budget Committee.




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