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Conference Committee begins negotiations

This week the Capitol’s focus shifted to social issues, while behind the scenes, the state budget inched toward completion. Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee were named and began the negotiation process that will resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. Conference Committee members include: Sen. Kurt Schaefer Sen. Ryan Silvey Sen. Dan Brown Sen. Kiki Curls Sen. Jamilah Nasheed Rep. Tom Flanigan Rep. Caleb Rowden Rep. Donna Lichtenegger Rep. Karla May Rep. Michael Butler As soon as the Senate version of the budget was passed, MCCA’s strategy shifted ... Read more

Senate passes budget, with a caveat

The Senate Appropriations committee finished its review of the state budget this week, and the full Senate approved it late Thursday afternoon.  In the final Senate version are some big wins for Missouri's colleges, as well as one problematic amendment. The $27 billion state budget is now headed to a joint Senate-House conference committee to reconcile the differences between the budget bills in each chamber. As we reported last week, the Senate passed a $4.5 million increase in equity funding and a $2.5 ... Read more

Medicaid spending casts shadow over state budget

A large portion of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s time this week was spent discussing the state’s Medicaid budget. According to Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, the Medicaid budget alone is going to require $395 million while the state’s anticipated growth is only $366 million. The potential result is that the situation will force funding away from other important issues like education and transportation. As it stands right now, community college equity funding remains at a $4.5 million increase and higher education performance funding ... Read more

2016 Statewide Primary Races

With Missouri’s presidential primaries behind us, we thought it might be helpful to take a look ahead at the statewide offices up for election this year. The primary election for these races will be held on August 2, with voters making their final decision in the general election on November 8. In addition to the statewide offices below, all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives, 8 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and odd numbered seats in the Missouri ... Read more

MCCA partners with Country Music Television

The Missouri Community College Association and CMT (Country Music Television) are teaming up to help individuals in rural communities further their education through the CMT Empowering Education initiative. This summer, nine MCCA colleges and CMT will co-host a free concert on August 10 to raise awareness about community colleges and to help rural Missourians from across the state overcome commonly perceived obstacles to continuing their education. The concert will feature a rising CMT artist and take place the night before the opening of ... Read more

Mid-Session Report: A look back at our progress

Now that we’re at the midpoint of the legislative session, we thought it might be a good idea to step back and take a look at the big picture of how our priorities have progressed thus far. The draft state budget was just passed by the House and sent to the Senate last week. As it stands now, community colleges are set to receive a $4.5 million increase in equity funding. If the state exceeds 3.1 percent revenue growth, all of Missouri’s public higher ... Read more

State budget approved by the House

The House of Representatives finalized their version of the FY 2017 budget this week, totaling $27.1 billion.  As we’ve reported over the last few weeks, there have been many substantial changes during the budgeting process this year.  With the House wrapping up their work, we are pleased that many of our top community college priorities made the cut.  The House version of the bill includes a $4.5 million increase in community college equity funding, an additional $2.5 million to fully fund ... Read more

House budget committee finalizes budget review

Following a lengthy session, the House Budget Committee finalized their version of the fiscal year 2017 budget this week. The committee made a number of changes to their initial recommendations including modifications to the Surplus Revenue Funding proposal that was released last week.  Several of the new amendments will have a significant impact on higher education. Of greatest importance to community colleges, $4.5 million in a proposed equity funding increase was returned to the General Revenue budget, removing the uncertainty and challenges over ... Read more

New state budget structure introduced in the House

As we approach the halfway point of the legislative session, all of MCCA’s key priorities have made it into the state budget, but a new budget structure, introduced Tuesday, could impact our priorities. Here’s where things currently stand: Higher Education Funding Tuesday, House Budget Committee chairman Tom Flanigan released a draft of proposed changes to the state budget, impacting nearly every area of state government. The changes will not impact the dollar amount of our top priorities. The proposed budget includes a $4.5 million ... Read more

Bill and Marla need your vote!

We need your help! Currently community colleges are not represented on the Public School Retirement System board of trustees, but we mean to change that! If you are eligible to vote, you should have received your ballot in the mail directly from PSRS/PEERS. To learn more, click here. About the Candidates Bill Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor St. Louis Community College Bill Miller has over 30 years of Human Resource leadership experience that traverses healthcare, government, manufacturing, education and media communications. Bill is currently Associate Vice Chancellor at ... Read more
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