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“…folks that take the different perspective about investment would say, again, in the lesser of two evils there’s still evil…”

Previously: SB 509: the folks back home ain’t buying what they’re selling (April 24, 2014)

University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose held an open campus forum on Monday afternoon on the subject of the state higher education budget. The forum lasted three quarters of an hour. President Ambrose took questions and comments from the campus audience made up of staff, faculty, and administrators.

University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose speaking at a campus forum on the state higher education budget – April 28, 2014.

Excerpts of President Ambrose’s forum remarks:

University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose: ….As of right now, uh, the, uh, the Senate has kind of gone across party lines and we have communicated clearly, uh, to [Senator] David Pearce [R] that as a university community we’ve done all that we can, uh, to create efficiencies and cut costs and save money and hold costs down and so we would have to actively oppose any bill that has the risk of taking money out of general revenue and disrupting funding for higher education. The Missouri School Board [President], uh, looked him directly in the eye and told him the same thing….

….The one difference between us and Kansas is, uh, they [the Missouri general Assembly] can’t change this law once it’s passed, uh, without, uh, basically going to the people. Uh, and, so, it’s a little bit more, uh, self-fulfilling in, in terms of impact where the, the Kansas legislature can go back and, and by an act of legislature reverse that tax policy….

….You know, uh, I’ll, I’ll be very direct with you. Uh, it’s been, uh, especially disheartening in this session, because there is a lot of great things happening, uh, in the state. The economy actually seems to be taking somewhat of a, a positive turn. And if government, I know we hear this on the national level, but if government would decide, uh, maybe just some strategic thinking about what’s most important and how we can maybe get there together we wouldn’t be having these kinds of conversations. Uh, but that’s just not gonna be the case in, in this session….

….I will tell you this, uh, that Senator [David] Pearce [R] believes that thus current bill [SB 509] under consideration is a lot less impactful than… [HB] 253. And he’s also afraid that we could end up with something a lot more onerous than what we’ve, that’s currently being considered. Now, uh, folks that take the different perspective about investment would say, again, in the lesser of two evils there’s still evil…

The University of Central Missouri campus is in the districts of Representative Dean Dohrman (r), House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (r), and Senator David Pearce (r), all who voted for SB 509 and who will all likely vote to override any veto by Governor Jay Nixon (D).


New Missouri Rule: if the governor governs right of center you can’t call him a “liberal” (July 1, 2013)

Bill signing Kabuki (July 12, 2013)

Rep. Chris Kelly (D): HB 253 – “I’d like to know what your opinion is.” (July 19, 2013)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r): probably not gonna sustain the Governor’s veto of HB 253 (August 19, 2013)

Sec. of State Jason Kander (D) to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r): You forgot about that Medicaid thing? (August 23, 2013)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) to UCM on HB 253: I don’t care, I’d rather be the new Speaker Pro Tem (August 24, 2013)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r): your constituents know what you’re doing to them (August 26, 2013)

HB 253: Because those dissolute leeches at the public trough should shut up, that’s why! (August 28, 2013)

Missouri Democratic Party on HB 253: Yes, yes, let’s talk about Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r)…. (August 28, 2013)

AG Chris Koster (D) to Speaker Jones (r) on HB 253: you all certainly made a mess of things… (August 29, 2013)

Speaker Tim Jones (r) and HB 253: hone your legal analytical skills litigating birth certificates (August 30, 2013)

HB 253: any way you slice it (September 11, 2013)

HB 253: Watch out – It’ll be baaaaaaaaaack (September 11, 2013)

SB 509: once more, with feeling (April 17, 2014)

SB 509: “….We’d like to think that most of them are not simpletons….” (April 18, 2014)

SB 509: Governor Jay Nixon (D) strikes back (April 22, 2014)

SB 509: dueling on Twitter (April 22, 2014)

SB 509: Would you like some whine with your bill? (April 23, 2014)

SB 509: strange gyrations (April 23, 2014)

The Missouri GOP, Evel Knievel and political stuntsmanship (April 24, 2014)

SB 509: the folks back home ain’t buying what they’re selling (April 24, 2014)

SB 509: in a wingnutshell (April 28, 2014)