The University of Missouri and Lincoln University extension programs get back some of the money that had been cut by the Governor’s Office after Governor Jay Nixon claims surplus funds were found following construction of the new women’s prison in Chillicothe.
Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) – whose district is home to MU – wants to see all the money restored for what he sees as a vital program. Schaefer doesn’t like the fact the Governor could unilaterally make cuts of this kind. Schaefer says the Governor should have informed the Board of Curators at MU that cuts had to be made and left it to the Board to decide where and how to cut.
The Governor’s initial 2010 Fiscal Year recommendation included a combined cut of $15.4-million for MU and Lincoln’s extension programs. $10.1-million will be restored.