Higher education bill in Capitol may not be too helpful

Apr 13, 2012

A bill proposing to aid Missouri colleges and universities may not as helpful as originally thought.

The legislature proposed a bill that matches funds raised by a university for construction, maintenance, and renovation. Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education Paul Wagner believes the bill will pass, but says the state will not be obligated to help out.

“Even if higher institutions came forward with their matching funds, the state’s not obligated to provide their match," said Wagner. "It’s kind of like simply opening a bank account with no money… Just passing the bill doesn’t provide any money at all.”

The bill is currently in the House after being passed by the Senate.