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MSSU Gets Another $2 Million In Budget Bill

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    Missouri lawmakers have passed a roughly $28 billion state spending plan with increases for K-12 education and stable funding for colleges and universities.
     Lawmakers budgeted another $2 million for Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
     The spending proposal includes $99 million more in core funding for public K-12 schools. That's enough to meet funding goals outlined in state law.

    Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick lauded Missouri for funding K-12 education "at record levels, while we have teachers protesting in capitols in Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky and a constitutional funding crisis in Kansas."

  While Republican Governor Eric Greitens called for a roughly $68 million cut compared to what public colleges and universities are expected to receive this year, lawmakers instead opted to give most higher education schools stable funding. In exchange, Fitzpatrick forged a deal with institutions, with the exception of MSSU, to cap tuition increases at 1 percent.
    The budget passed Wednesday, two days before lawmakers' Friday deadline.
    The budget proposal applies to state spending for the fiscal year beginning in July.
    

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