JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers met twice in the last week to hear college and university presidents state their cases for additional funding. Themes of dilapidated infrastructure and slowing growth dominated the conversations about future funding.

Representatives for the universities and colleges almost universally told the House Subcommittee on Education Appropriations that funding for higher education has dropped dramatically in the last two decades. The president of Northwest Missouri State, John Jasinski, noted that in the year 2000 the institution received 70% of its funding from the state and 30% from tuition. He said that the ratio has reversed, with the state only funding 30% of the college’s expenditures.

Schools also noted that appropriations have stopped receiving increases that correspond

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