JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today the governor released his FY 2019 budget recommendations, which included more than $60 million in cuts to public higher education institutions. Despite legislators’ commitment to funding increases, Missouri’s two and four-year colleges and universities have seen their actual funds decrease due to inflation and executive withholds.

“We cannot continue to balance the budget on the backs of students; they are the future workers and job creators Missouri desperately needs to cultivate,” said Rowden. “Continuing to neglect our public colleges, universities and trade schools seriously hinders Missouri’s ability to compete. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a budget that better reflects Missourians’ priorities.”