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Mizzou Legislative Network
2014 Legislative Platform
The University of Missouri (Mizzou) serves a unique role as Missouri’s largest public research, land-grant university. Even in challenging economic times, the state must provide predictable and stable funding for higher education and must continue to reinvest in Mizzou. The Mizzou Legislative Network, in support of the best interests and traditions of Mizzou, recognizes the University of Missouri System’s 2014 legislative priorities and shall partner with the UM System to advance those priorities which are proportional to the mission of and beneficial to Mizzou, the state’s flagship university.
SECURE CORE FUNDING
Maintaining funding for the university’s core operating budget is the highest priority. The Mizzou Legislative Network supports the UM System’s request to assure the core appropriation of $434.6 million for the FY2015 operating budget.
Higher education should be spared additional cuts even in difficult budget times. The university continues to educate more students each year and contributes substantially to Missouri’s economic development and job growth while operating at FY1999 state funding levels.
The Mizzou Legislative Network supports the UM System’s additional request for $50.9 million in funds to invest in programs to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research capacity. The Mizzou Legislative Network has the expectation that the flagship university will continue to obtain a proportional share of additional funds to support its mission.
The Mizzou Legislative Network supports the UM System’s additional core request for $9.0 million that leverages the state’s investment in endowed professorships ($4.0 million), in endowed scholarships ($2.0 million) and in the Missouri College Advising Corps ($3.0 million). The Mizzou Legislative Network has the expectation that the flagship university will continue to obtain a proportional share of additional funds to support its mission.
SUPPORT CREATIVE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
The Mizzou Legislative Network supports creative funding opportunities for higher education project needs, including a bonding plan to support top-priority projects and the appropriation of state matching funds to leverage private support for construction and renovation projects.
The Mizzou Legislative Network supports top priority UM System renovation and construction projects, including the MU College of Engineering-Lafferre Hall-Reconstruction, Additions and Renovations ($55.9 million).
The Mizzou Legislative Network urges the legislature to appropriate state matching funds as part of the new 50-50 capital matching program in support of the capital projects advanced by Mizzou.
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