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Higher ed officials thankful proposed cuts are small

If they’re unhappy, they’re not saying so publicly.

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Missouri college and university administrators said this week they’re pleased Gov. Jay Nixon cut their budgets by only 7 percent in the 2011-12 budget proposal he submitted to lawmakers last week.

Speaking as chairman of the Council on Public Higher Education in Missouri — which represents the state’s 13 public, four-year college and university campuses — Lincoln University President Carolyn Mahoney said: “We appreciate the governor’s strong commitment to public higher education and are encouraged that he was able to construct a budget that limits reductions to public universities to 7 percent.”

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