We took a stand.
The Missouri Students Association took a strong stand against proposed higher education funding cuts in spring 2012, organizing the #MoreForLess campaign along with the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Although Gov. Jay Nixon originally proposed a 12.5% cut to higher education funding, students worked with local lawmakers to pass a budget with zero cuts through the state legislature. Nixon eventually withheld about 1% of public university funding for FY2013.
January 25: MSA Senate passes a resolution to show overwhelming opposition to Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed 12.5% cut to higher education funding. The cut would bring UM System funding to its lowest level since 1997. The resolution, proposed by DSC Director Zach Toombs and Chief of Staff Steven Dickherber, commissions the #MoreForLess campaign to oppose funding cuts.
February 6: The #MoreForLess campaign, in partnership with the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, begins collecting letters from students to oppose state funding cuts to higher education. The campaign’s original goal is 1,000 letters.
February 10: #MoreForLess wraps up its letter-collection week after collecting more than 6,200 letters from MU students, staff and faculty.
February 14: MSA President Xavier Billingsley, Academic Affairs Chairman Ben Levin, Dickherber and Toombs travel to Jefferson City to deliver the letters to legislators. MSA also meets with several representatives and senators along with Gov. Nixon’s education liaison. The letter delivery draws coverage from KMIZ, KOMU, KRCG, The Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian, the Associated Press and The Maneater.
March 6: ASUM and MSA bring about 15 MU students to the State Capitol Building to meet with legislators on ASUM’s annual Lobby Day.
April 14: #MoreForLess hosts Rep. Chris Kelly, Rep. Stephen Webber and Sen. Kurt Schaefer at MU for a legislative panel.
April 26: In the campaign’s final event, #MoreForLess rallies about 150 students at a demonstration opposing state funding cuts on the steps of the State Capitol Building. Students were bussed from MU’s campus to Jefferson City and met with legislators representing their home districts. Several lawmakers also spoke at the event.