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Senate committee votes to cut five percent from higher education funding

April 21, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 1-13

Missouri colleges and universities would lose five percent of their funding under a Senate committee budget.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The Senate committee sent the Missouri budget to the Senate floor...but it wasn't the same budget the House approved.

They voted to make cuts in every area, including a five percent reduction in money going to state higher education.

But they didn't make as many cuts to health care as the House did.

St. Louis Sen. Pat Dougherty says he's not happy with the cuts, but he says the committee did the best job they could.

Dougherty devised a plan that he estimates will save 15,000 kids from being losing their health care.

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Contents: That doesn't mean there's still not going to be significant cuts. There will be significant cuts, but we're trying to put some of the money back.

Next week, the full Senate will debate the budget before they meet with the House to settle the differences.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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Missouri colleges and universities would lose five percent of their funding under a Senate committee budget.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The Senate committee made their own changes to the state budget, including cuts to higher education.

When the House passed their budget, they cut health care for more than 100 thousand Missourians.

The Senate version still cuts money from health care, but not nearly as much as the House did.

One Democratic senator says he estimates 15,000 more children will be able to keep their health care under the committee's plan.

But the committee voted to cut five percent from higher education, something the House did not.

Columbia Representative Ed Robb says the House's priorities are different than the Senate's.

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Contents: I'm sorry to see that he wants to take money from higher education, especially since they haven't had an increase since, I think, 2002.

The full Senate will have a chance to make any other changes to the budget before House and Senate leaders meet to try and reach a compromise.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto