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Missouri Governor announces funding for MSSU

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

PRESS RELEASE FROM GOVERNOR JAY NIXON'S OFFICE:

Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Missouri Southern State University in Joplin to announce that, due to continued growth in the economy, revenues are available for a number of key priorities including $1.5 million in matching funds for renovation projects at Reynolds Hall at MSSU and other budgetary priorities. In total, the Governor made available $67,378,816 for early childhood education, college scholarships, workforce training and other priority investments. 

"Many of the science and math courses taught in Reynolds Hall are in high demand because they are some of the first courses that nursing and health care students have to take. That's why Missouri Southern has identified several specific labs in Reynolds Hall for updating and renovating." Gov. Nixon said. "This will be a critical investment to enhance learning and research here at Missouri Southern, and to bring Reynolds Hall up to the level that students and faculty deserve." 

Reynolds Hall was completed in May of 1967 and subsequently expanded in 1988. Reynolds Hall currently houses Missouri Southern State University's biology, environmental health, physical sciences and mathematics programs. Since 2009, MSSU experienced a 28 percent growth in the number of students declaring themselves for majors that are housed in Reynolds Hall.

The funding announced today will help MSSU renovate two chemistry labs located within Reynolds Hall.  Additional funding made available from a bonding proposal moving through the General Assembly will allow the university to renovate thousands more square feet of lab space as well as upgrades to classrooms and electrical systems.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced on Monday that 2015 fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collections increased 7.7 percent compared to 2014, from $6.70 billion last year to $7.22 billion this year.

"Creating jobs continues to be our top priority, and week's revenue report is another positive sign of our healthy and growing economy," said Gov. Nixon. "More Missourians getting jobs means more money for our shared priorities like investments in education and workforce training.  Working together, we will continue to keep our fiscal discipline and make smart investments that will move Missouri forward."

"We appreciate Gov. Nixon and the General Assembly for continuing to make MSSU students a priority," said MSSU President Alan Marble. "The students taking courses in Reynolds Hall are preparing for careers in high-demand fields like health care and science. It's important that we have the tools and resources to train them for success, and in turn, provide Missouri with a topnotch workforce for the future."

The Governor also made available $10 million in matching funds for construction of a new College of Business Administration building at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, $2.25 million for the admissions center at Missouri State University, $250,000 for an agricultural learning center at Northwest Missouri State University, and $2 million for Memorial Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

A complete itemized list of funding being made available today is below:

· Missouri Preschool Program - $1,563,959 

· Parents as Teachers - $1,000,000

· K-12 transportation - $10,000,000 

· Urban Teaching Program - $1,000,000

· School Board Training - $156,326 

· Bright Futures Program - $150,000

· Playground at Verelle Peniston State School - $25,000 

· St. Louis Public Schools transportation - $375,000 

· Missouri Charter Public School Commission - $100,000 

· Character education initiatives at K-12 schools - $10,000

· Access Missouri Scholarship Program - $11,000,000 

· Bright Flight Scholarship Program - $4,000,000 

· Scholars & Fine Arts Academies - $750,000 

· University of Missouri-St. Louis - College of Business Administration Bldg - $10,000,000 

· Missouri Southern State University - Science Labs in Reynolds Hall - $1,500,000 

· Missouri State University - Admissions Center - $2,250,000 

· Northwest Missouri State University - Agriculture Learning Center - $250,000 

· Southeast Missouri State University - Memorial Hall - $2,000,000

· Missouri Works Training - $4,000,000 

· Certified Work Ready Communities - $200,000 

· Missouri Technology Corporation - $2,210,000 

· Regional Planning Commissions - $100,000 

· Missouri Department of Tourism - $1,250,000

· Public Transit Funds - $1,000,000 

· Department of Mental Health for ADA Treatment for Ex-Offenders - $500,000 

· Department of Mental Health - operational support $101,453

· Reimbursements to local communities for jail costs - $1,756,552 

· Department of Public Safety to upgrade the Automated Fingerprint Identification System - $500,000 

· Department of Public Safety for forensic exams in child abuse cases - $1,452,000 

· Department of Corrections for Substance Abuse Services - $363,279 

· Department of Public Safety for Drug and Crime Control Division Vehicles - $300,000 

· Missouri State Highway Patrol for the replacement of breathing equipment - $19,600 

· Rural Crimes Task Forces - $290,000 

· National Guard Veterans Records - $30,000 

· Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities - $200,000 

· Alzheimer's Grants - $125,000 

· Commission for the Deaf - $104,000 

· Division of Youth Services Facilities - $100,000 

· State Milk Board - $52,222 

· Office of Child Advocate - $100,000 

· Centers for Independent Living for services for Missourians with disabilities - $455,000 

· Eating Disorder Council - $39,425  

· Alternatives to Abortion Services - $1,000,000 

· Maintenance and repair at state facilities - $5,000,000 
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