Governor Matt Blunt makes no secret of the fact he’s pleased that the Senate has given final approval to legislation authorizing the sale of $350-Million of assets of MOHELA – the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. The Governor says he’s hoping the House, which will now take up the bill, will quickly pass it.
As for criticism that the current list of projects to be funded by MOHELA money differs greatly from the initial list put forward by the Governor, Blunt says most of the projects on the first list are still on the list. They include a math and science building at Missouri Western University, a health science building at Missouri Southern University, and refurbishing the entire campus at Missouri State University. He concedes he didn’t get everything he wanted, but says that’s part of the process of working with the Legislature.
Blunt believes the version passed by the Senate will be taken up and passed by the House without any changes. He says his office has worked closely with House and Senate leaders to craft a piece of legislation that would be acceptable to both chambers.