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Jan. 18, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

MO School Funding

Universities and colleges in Maryville, St. Joseph, and Trenton are analyzing the impact of what the governor's state-of-te-state speech will have on their budgets.

Jay Nixon's proposal is a 12 and a half percent cut in state funding to public colleges and universities, the 3rd time in 3 years. State budget director Linda Luebering blames the cut on a drop in state revenues.

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Several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle call the proposed cuts to higher ed "Unacceptable". For K through 12 public schools, Nixon is suggesting a 5 million dollar increase in funding. But House Budget Committee chair Ryan Silvey thinks that's about re-election.

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Lawmakers will start making adjustments to the budget and must pass it by May 11th.