House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, issued the following statement concerning Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement regarding higher education funding:
“In the House of Representatives, we work each year to provide Missouri students with the tools necessary to compete in our highly competitive global economy. There is no question that House Republicans want to keep higher education tuition as low as possible, even in a time of economic devastation.
We appreciate the Governor’s tuition proposal and will put it through the normal process, along with any other budget recommendations from the Governor.
In these difficult times, we realize the importance of easing the financial burden on Missouri students and their families in every way possible and will consider this when crafting next year’s budget.”
Nixon announced today that he would cut funding for higher education
institutions by roughly 5.2 percent in exchange for a tuition freeze.