LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY NEWS
THE LATEST FROM THE CAPITOL
The House Budget Committee will have it's annual marathon hearing today (March 3) where all budget bills are open for amendments. Currently they have a $0 increase for core higher education budgets and we are looking to change that. There could also be amendments for the MSU/MU cooperative medical school expansion, grant and scholarship programs, and various other smaller items.
Most other committee hearings have been cancelled today out of respect for Auditor Schweich and to allow members to attend his services.
FISCAL NOTE OVERVIEW
Click here to access the slides from the recent COPHE webinar on the fiscal note process.
8:00 am - House Higher Education - cancelled
3:00 pm - House Budget, mark-up
3:00 pm - Senate Education, SB 299
8:00 am - House Select Comm on Education - HB 104
Martin Luther King Holiday, no session.
The Governor's State of the State address and release of his budget recommendations for FY 2016.
Last day to introduce Senate bills.
Spring break begins upon adjournment.
Spring break ends - both chambers reconvene at 4 pm.
Easter break - no session.
Easter break ends - both chambers reconvene at 4 pm.
Appropriation bills must be Truly Agreed and Finally Passed.
Session ends at 6 pm.
ADDING TO THE STATE'S BOTTOM LINE
The Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE) has issued a publication that explains how investing in Missouri’s public universities creates opportunities and adds value to the state:
Public universities develop the advanced workforce of the 21st century.
Public universities “teach the teachers.” Our graduates are educating the state’s next generation of leaders, from preschool through doctoral programs.
Public universities fuel the economic engine of Missouri every day of every year.
Public universities improve the quality of life in Missouri by providing public benefits, as well as personal benefits.