Budget plan would cut $8 million from University of Missouri system

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri lawmaker is proposing cutting $8 million from the University of Missouri system roiled by recent race-related protests at its Columbia campus.

The possible funding cuts were rolled out Tuesday by Republican House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan of Carthage in southwest Missouri.

The cuts include reducing funding to the Columbia campus by $400,000, among other things by eliminating the salary of suspended University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. The budget plan also would cut more than $7 million from the system’s administration.

Tenure-seeking Click had a confrontation with a student photographer and a student videographer during the Nov. 9 protests at the Columbia campus over what some saw as university leadership’s indifference to racial issues. State lawmakers broadly have called for Click to be fired.

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