Nixon to make education announcement

One day before delivering his State of the State address Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will stop at Lincoln University to announce a proposal to help students.

The governor’s Friday afternoon media advisory said Nixon’s budget proposal for the 2014-15 state business year, which will be delivered to lawmakers as part of Tuesday night’s speech, “will include a strategic investment to enhance, expand learning opportunities for students.”

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said he couldn’t provide any more details before Monday’s 10:30 a.m. announcement.

The advisory did not say whether the proposal benefits LU students specifically or Missouri’s higher education programs in general.

Nixon previously has said his budget proposal for the business year that starts July 1 will include more money for higher education than in previous years.

LU President Kevin Rome said, in an e-mail, that he’s been out of town on a business trip, and wasn’t “fully abreast of the details” of Nixon’s planned announcement.

State Sen. Mike Kehoe told the News Tribune: “It will be an exciting announcement,” but said he could not provide other details.

Lincoln is closed Monday, in observance of the national Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday.

Rome, some LU curators, faculty and students are expected to attend the news conference in Memorial Hall, on the northwest corner of LU’s Quadrangle.

Madeleine Leroux of the News Tribune staff contributed information used in this story.

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