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2003 Higher Ed. Stories
- 12/ 9/2003: Radio Story - The Missouri Supreme Court today unanimously dismissied a lawsuit challenging the power of the governor to withhold money from the education budget.
- 12/ 2/2003: Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden announced Tuesday that he will release $83 million dollars to education, after the state received federal aid money earlier than expected.
- 12/ 1/2003: Radio Story - Mobile home landlords would be required to offer one-year leases under legislation filed Monday by Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St.Louis). The bill would also eliminate "no cause" evictions and set safety standards at mobile home parks.
- 11/18/2003: Newspaper Story - A women's advocacy group charged Tuesday that state budget cuts are responsible for the decline in the health and welfare of Missouri women.
- 11/ 6/2003: Radio Story - After a sluggish October for the Missouri economy, figures indicate little hope that withholdings will be released to funding starved programs.
- 11/ 5/2003: Newspaper Story - Every morning, students across Missouri stand with their hands over their hearts to recite the pledge of allegiance. However, the future of a Missouri law mandating the pledge in schools lies in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, who announced its plans to review next year a court decision in California that found the pledge unconstitutional.
- 10/ 6/2003: Newspaper Story - House Budget Committee Chairman Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, said some of Gov. Bob Holden's withholdings should be released because of increased state revenue. State budget director said the revenue increases are not enough.
- 9/24/2003: Radio Story - Represenative Harold Selby says he wants campaign contribution tax to go to schools.
- 9/11/2003: Radio Story - The governor expressed disappointment today over the legislative defeat of his eduation tax plan.
- 6/26/2003: Radio Story - Bills are identical to education budget already vetoed by the Governor.
- 6/24/2003: Radio Story - Schools are without budgets just 6-8 weeks before the start of the new school year.
- 6/18/2003: Radio Story - Republican legislative leaders says the budget reflects what voters want and is within the state's means. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway urged the Governor to sign the budget.
- 5/21/2003: Radio Story - Hanaway says Holden is launching a "campaign of terror" to scare people into voting for tax increases.
- 5/13/2003: Newspaper Story - Only U.S. citizens and legal aliens would be allowed to participate in the A+ schools program, which provides grants to Missouri's best academic performing schools, if a bill sponsored by Rep. Susan Phillips, R-Kansas City had passed during this legislature.
- 5/12/2003: Newspaper Story - Missouri lawmakers Monday squashed legislation that would have empowered the University of Missouri to move forward with its plans to build a new performing arts center.
- 5/ 8/2003: Newspaper Story - House and Senate pass education budgets
- 5/ 7/2003: Newspaper Story - Education cuts would be minimized but the Department of Social Services would suffer cuts in the budget passed out of conference committee today. The plan requires $150 million in additional revenue to be in balance.
- 5/ 5/2003: Newspaper Story - The UM would lose share of the state's funding for higher education, while four colleges in Republican districts would gain under Senate budget plan
- 5/ 1/2003: Newspaper Story - Missouri's colleges and universities need to do a better job cutting costs to help curb double-digit tuition increases, according to an audit released Thursday by State Auditor Claire McCaskill.
That criticism comes as higher education braces for the possibility of multi-million dollar budget cuts.
- 4/24/2003: Newspaper Story - University of Missouri officials say they will wait until next year before seeking legislative approval for a merger with Northwest Missouri State University.
With only three weeks left in the legislative session, UM Spokesman Joe Moore said it became obvious that lawmakers would be consumed with solving the budget shortfall.
- 4/23/2003: Radio Story - Senate Republicans defend the budget, saying it is the best they can do without going to the people with a tax increase.
- 4/23/2003: Newspaper Story - The University of Missouri System would lose $44 million under cuts to higher education approved by the Senate Tuesday. Democrats say the approved 6.7 percent or $50 miliion in cuts to the state's colleges and universities would cause steep hikes in tuition and many layoffs at a time when the state's higher education institutions are already in peril.
- 4/23/2003: Radio Story - The senate approved a higher education budget that is $84 million less than what lawmakers appropriated last year.
- 4/22/2003: Radio Story - Missouri's House Speaker Pro Tem promises to investigate an MU professor who offered course credit for protesting.
- 4/21/2003: Newspaper Story - Under the cloud of a budget-veto threat not heard in Missouri's capitol in decades, the Senate is scheduled to begin debate today on the state's operating budget.
- 4/17/2003: Newspaper Story - Education takes the brunt of budget cuts as passed Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The committee recommended slicing a combined $361 million from education to help solve the state's 2004 budget woes.
- 4/15/2003: The state's schools would take a third of a billion dollar cut in state aid and its colleges and universities would see their budgets trimmed by 11 percent.
- 4/14/2003: Newspaper Story - Solutions weren't part of the equation Monday at the first meeting of the governor's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Instead, commissioners spent the day getting a handle on the current state of Missouri's higher education system.
- 4/10/2003: Newspaper Story - A state senator has shelved a bill opposed by the University of Missouri that would have put the university's health care plan under a new state agency.
Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Mathewson, D-Sedalia, a longtime supporter of the university, admitted defeat Thursday.
- 4/ 9/2003: Newspaper Story - As students around the country observed a Day of Silence Wednesday in support of making schools safer for gay students, the attention at the state Capitol turned to legislation that opponents say would move in the opposite direction.
The House Education Committee has passed a measure that would prohibit school districts from having stricter non-discrimination clauses than those mandated by state and federal government.
- 4/ 7/2003: Newspaper Story - Lawmakers from both parties offered tentative support Monday for incorporating Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU) into the University of Missouri system.
- 4/ 1/2003: Radio Story - Bars and truck stops machines would generate revenue for higher ed
- 4/ 1/2003: Radio Story - If the bill passes the full senate, video gambling machines will be placed in Missouri businesses as a method of generating revenue.
- 4/ 1/2003: Newspaper Story - The senate Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that would allow video gambling machines to operate in secured establishments such as bars and truck stops. Revenue from the machines would be placed into a trust fund for higher education.
- 3/31/2003: Newspaper Story - College students will receieve tuition relief if called to active duty.
- 3/13/2003: Newspaper Story - In a straight party line vote, the House Budget Committee Thursday approved a Republican-backed budget plan that would mean $382 million in new cuts for education in 2004.
Democrats, including Gov. Bob Holden, denounced the plan, accusing Republicans of not doing their job.
- 3/12/2003: Newspaper Story - The House leadership's budget plan would give up the "power of the purse" in exchange for overall spending cuts
- 3/10/2003: Newspaper Story - Lawmakers accused the University of Missouri Monday of hiring a lobbyist specifically to kill a bill aimed at lowering the state's health care costs.
MU spokesman Joe Moore said the university recently did hire a new lobbyist to advocate for the university on numerous issues -- not just the health care bill.
- 2/27/2003: Newspaper Story - After publicly threatening education budget cuts if he did not get his way from the legislature, Gov. Bob Holden chose to make his final budget withholdings in private, at the end of the day, as state offices were being closed.
- 2/25/2003: Radio Story - The House gave first round approval to a bill that makes the certification process for teachers easier.
- 2/20/2003: Newspaper Story - In what amounts to a political alumni association, several state House members have formed the University of Missouri Caucus.
- 2/19/2003: Newspaper Story - The House Education Appropriations Committee cut $107.9 million from primary and secondary education, while taking only $3.7 million from higher education for fiscal year 2004.
- 2/18/2003: Radio Story - A Senate committe has sent the House's $150 million compromise on borrowing from tobacco settlement funds to the Senate floor.
- 2/18/2003: Newspaper Story - Insurance premium rates would nearly double for UM faculty and staff under a bill presented to the Senate Ways and Means Committee
- 2/13/2003: Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden urges the Senate to increase the size of the debt approveed by the House to salvage the education budget.
- 2/13/2003: Newspaper Story - Higher and lower education stand to lose a combined $119 million in appropriations for next year under spending caps imposed Thursday by the House budget chairman.
- 2/13/2003: Newspaper Story - A late-night compromise between House leaders and governor leads to approval of $150 million in tobacco money.
- 2/12/2003: Newspaper Story - In a party line vote, the House approves less than half the governor's request for tobacco money
- 2/ 6/2003: Newspaper Story - Two seats on the University of Missouri Board of Curators will be vacant due to Senate Republicans' refusal to approve Gov. Bob Holden's nominees.
The Senate did not act on the January nominations of Democrat Don Walsworth and Republican Cheryl Walker, which had an approval deadline of Feb. 8.
- 2/ 4/2003: Newspaper Story - MU is feeling the pinch of a too-tight budget that may leave a permanent mark on the school. UM President Elson Floyd voiced concerns about a loss of competitive edge that will negatively affect MU long after the end of the fiscal year.
- 2/ 3/2003: Newspaper Story - Funding for higher education and K-12 may be cut to solve the state's estimated $1 billion budget deficit, House and Senate education committee chairs say.
- 1/30/2003: Radio Story - Senator Ken Jacob introduced a bill that would make Southwest Missouri State a part of the UM Board of Curators.
- 1/30/2003: Newspaper Story - The University of Missouri Curators would take over Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield under a measure introduced Thursday by Columbia's senator.
Democratic Sen. Ken Jacob's proposal comes in the same week that Republicans introduced a bill to rename SMSU as Missouri State University.
- 1/29/2003: Radio Story - Dr. Elson Floyd and Quentin Wilson visited the house education Commitee
- 1/28/2003: Newspaper Story - Holden promises cuts to primary, secondary and higher education if the budget shortfall is not met with tobacco money.
- 1/27/2003: Newspaper Story - Governor Bob Holden is vowing to cut state funding for schools and universities by 10 percent unless the legislature passes a tobacco bond.