Prognosis not good for higher ed construction funds

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It doesn’t appear lawmakers will approve a measure this legislative session that would allow Missouri voters to decide in the fall whether to OK $600 million for construction and other capital projects for higher education — including $44.8 million for a new life and sciences center at Missouri State University.

The measure — called House Joint Resolution 14 — has been a priority for higher education officials for years, said Kathy Love, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. But this year the push had bipartisan support. Sponsors are House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, and Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia. There are 76 co-sponsors.

The resolution would ask Missouri voters to amend the Constitution to allow the state to sell $1.2 billion in bonds. This is typically how bond measures have been approved for higher education.

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