The extra funding proposal includes $190,000 to form the Statewide Center of Excellence in occupational health and safety. $1.8 million will boost education in STEM and health sciences, something the MSSU president hopes to tie into a potential dental program proposed at KCU Joplin.
“It’s a new decision item and one time funding. We’ll have to use it for equipment and things that don’t cost. But if we can move it into the core budget next year, which we hope to do then we can use it for hiring people,” says MSSU President Dr. Alan Marble.
The budget also proposes a million dollars in funding for on campus repairs and maintenance. The governor must sign the budget before the increases are final.