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15 April 2010

Schaefer: Budget Cuts Restored to Higher Education

JEFFERSON CITY – Senator Kurt Schaefer has been working diligently with the Republican caucus and colleagues across the aisle to restore the cuts originally made to higher education.

A floor substitute to HB 2003 offered today returned an estimated $15 million to higher education funding, which had been cut earlier in the budget process.

“I have been vehemently opposed to going beyond the governor’s budget deal with higher education, because we risk raising tuition on students, which is the last thing we should be doing to Missouri’s families during these difficult economic times,” said Sen. Schaefer. “I’d also like to thank my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate leadership for being willing to work with me on finding a way to restore these much needs higher education funds.

House Bill 2003 provides money for the expenses, grants, refunds, and distributions of the Department of Higher Education.

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