Missouri Students Association delivers 6,000 letters protesting higher education budget cuts to Missouri lawmakers.
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Missouri Students Association delivers 6,000 letters protesting higher education budget cuts to Missouri lawmakers.

Date: February 15, 2012
By: Danielle Carter
State Capitol Bureau

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The protest against Governor Nixon's proposed higher education budget cuts gained steam throughout the University of Missouri system.
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Wrap: The student-led campaign to protest Governor Jay Nixon's higher education budget cuts has spread to other UM campuses.

The UMKC and Missouri S and T campuses picked up the "More for Less" campaign in response to the project started at Mizzou.

Zach Toombs, who created the campaign, says it exceeded his expectations.

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Description: "We were able to get 17 hundred letters on our first day, so probably some of that broke that goal of one thousand that we had set. We set another goal of five thousand, by the fourth day we had met that as well."
 
The Missouri S and T campus gathered 250 letters to give to lawmakers.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.

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Governor Jay Nixon may have just a little bit more mail than usual.
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Wrap: University of Missouri students gave 6,000 hand-written letters to Missouri legislators to protest budget cuts.

The Missouri Students Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia created the "More for Less" campaign to protest Governor Jay Nixon's proposed budget cuts to higher education in Missouri.

The MSA director of student communications, Zach Toombs, says he was impressed with the response.

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Description: "Students really stepped up it was a great response. It was, I mean, a pleasant surprise I guess."

The UMKC and Missouri S and T campuses have also joined the "More for Less" campaign.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.

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Thousands of letters protesting higher education funding cuts landed on the Governor's desk Tuesday.
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Wrap: Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia wrote 6,000 letters to protest Governor Jay Nixon's proposed budget cuts to higher education. 

The letters are a part of the "More for Less" campaign started by the Missouri Students Association at the Mizzou campus.

Republican Representative Ryan Silvey says he thinks the letters may help the campaign.

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Description: "You know, my mind's made up on the deal. Hopefully it would probably have an effect on some of the people who are maybe undecided on the issue or trying to figure out how they go about the budget."

Representative Silvey remains against the proposed budget cuts.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.


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