Despite months of unrest and national embarrassment at the University of Missouri-Columbia, it seems the folks in the Missouri Senate don't just agree with how the campus is being managed—they want to pay for even more of it. Simply baffling.
A budget bill restoring most of the Missouri House cuts to the University of Missouri and giving all higher education a 6 percent boost in funding passed the Missouri Senate on a 24-8 vote Thursday.
The UM System would receive $26.8 million in new funding under the bill, its share of a performance funding increase of $55.8 million for all colleges and universities. The bill also cuts $1 million from the allocation to UM System administration, down from the $7.6 million cut approved in the House.
But to increase state spending at Mizzou? That's a terrible message to send: one that not only condones the University's behavior, but rewards it.