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Governor Recommends Funding Boost for Higher Education

Wednesday evening, Governor Matt Blunt gave his State of the State Address and announced his budget priorities. The largest increase in funding goes to welfare programs. But as KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, education will get an increase too.

Governor Matt Blunt began his speech by contrasting the state's financial downturn last year with the rosier financial outlook this year.

The governor outlined his plan for spending that extra state revenue.

While he's directing the largest increase to welfare programs, he's also recommending increases for education.

Blunt says lawmakers should give higher education a two percent increase in funding.

While university presidents welcome the governor's recommendation, some say the increase is not enough to negate the need for tuition hikes.

Michael Nietzel is president of Missouri State University.

State lawmakers had a mixed reaction to the proposed increase.

The University of Missouri-Columbia is in the legislative district of House Democratic Leader Jeff Harris.

When asked about the governor's recommendation for higher education, Harris said it's not enough.

As for Republicans...House Speaker Rod Jetton says the increase is fiscally responsible but he'd like to see more for higher education.

The president of the University of Missouri system also called the governor's proposed increase for higher education a step in the right direction.