With apologies to Pink Floyd, we have been humming that catchy little ditty all afternoon.
You see, the Missouri House is taking up the appropriations bills today. All 13 of those. Including HB 2003, which is the measure covering higher education.
We know The Chart and the Globe are probably all over this, because they have their fingers on the pulse of the U, but we thought we’d give you some numbers to think about. Tomorrow, we might know what the lower chamber in Jefferson City sends to the Senate. Then we can analyze.
For fiscal year 2013 (FY13), the House Committee bill coming to the floor today recommends $22,766,335 for Missouri Southern. That amount includes dollars from the state’s general revenue fund, the state’s lottery proceeds fund and the state’s debt escrow fund.
In contrast, our sister school Missouri Western’s recommendation in the bill is for $20,995,378 from the same sources.
It is important to note that should the House approve the bill as is and send it to the Senate, that body will likely amend it within its appropriations committee. The differences would then be hammered out in a joint conference committee before final passage. Then it has to get the governor’s signature.
What we are saying is, these are early numbers. But since no reporters or administrators are giving you the information, we will.
We have heard repeatedly that this is the year that appropriations fall off the cliff. So how does MSSU’s recommended appropriation stack up at this stage of the process compared to previous years?
Last year at this stage of the legislative process, the House Appropriations Committee sent the bill to the floor with a MSSU recommendation of $22,641,335. Western, in comparison, was slated for $20,870,378.
Notice that the proposed FY12 appropriation at this stage was less that the one for FY13 being taken up today. In fairness, the final appropriation agreed to and sent to the governor was fixed at $22,960,800. And Gov. Jay Nixon, we believe, reduced that later. Articles in The Chart and The Joplin Globe have cited administration sources as saying this year’s (FY12) ended up around $22.1 million.
Here are the numbers for several previous years (House Comm. Rec./Amt. approved by Gov.). Again note that later reductions/withholdings from the governor’s office are not reflected here:
Those are the raw numbers but they are publicly and easily available. We got all of these online over lunch at McDonalds. Imagine what a reporter could do.
Tomorrow, we will try to put it in context for you.