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UM System: Further State Budget Cuts Shouldn’t Hurt University June 11, 2010

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UM System President Gary Forsee speaks outside of the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting.

UM officials say they shouldn’t be subjected to more cuts from the governor’s office. KBIA’s Maureen McCollum brings us this story.

At the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting Thursday, curators questioned whether they should keep accepting cuts, even though it made a deal with governor’s office to not raise tuition in exchange for minimal blows to the school’s budget. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to cut another $350 million across the board from next the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

UM System Vice President of Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz says they want to keep the general assembly and the public aware of the university’s needs.

“We’ve had no salary increases in two years that we feel that in order to continue to offer the quality education we’ve been offering, that we need a substantial boost in state support.”

Krawitz says she understands the difficult budget situation the state is in, but says it’s important to keep it on the forefront for when revenues do return.

Also, UM System officials are developing a larger budget despite foreseen cuts.

UM will request more than $551 million from the state in 2012. Krawitz says that’s a 30 percent increase from what they’ll receive in 2011. The increase accounts for the 5 percent budget cut, maintenance and repair, and enrollment increases.

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