State colleges and universities will be spared budget cuts in the coming year, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided this morning.
It also appeared that a program that provides health care for about 2,800 blind Missourians, cut in the House to find money for higher education, also is likely to be spared cuts.
After the committee recessed, Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said the action locks in the budget plan approved in the Missouri House that rejected Gov. Jay Nixon's call for a $66 million cut to higher education budgets.
"This is enormous," Schaefer said. "We just took the most devastating cut to higher education it has ever seen, and it is over."