Advocacy Brief - April 13, 2017

Senate flips budget cuts proposed by the House

This week the Senate introduced its version of the FY18 budget, which would reverse the House proposal to reduce the cuts to community colleges.

The House version of the budget called for a 9% cut to the University of Missouri System, but reduced cuts to community colleges to roughly 6.58%. In the Senate’s proposal, the University of Missouri System would receive a 6.58% cut, with all other higher education institutions receiving a 9% cut.

In doing this, the Senate is setting the stage for the cuts to be debated and finalized in conference committee—the last step before the budget is passed and sent to the Governor’s office.

It’s expected that the Senate Appropriations Committee will complete its review of the budget this week, and that the budget will go to the Senate Floor next week for a vote.

Mission Review

Legislation that would allow community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees passed out of the Senate Education Committee this week. There are two versions of the bill before the legislature currently. The Senate version stalled last week, but the House version is now in its second Chamber and will go before the full Senate for a vote. If it is passed, the next step will be to send it on to the Governor.  

Guns on Campus

This week MCCA testified against a bill that would allow concealed carry on college campuses. Our position on this issue is that control over concealed carry should remain at the local level with elected Boards of Trustees. The legislation, HB 630, was passed out of the House General Laws Committee and is awaiting further action by the full House.

 

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