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Legislative Priorities

Resources for University Advocates


Supporting the Ƶ is an investment in the future of our state.

The University serves Missouri citizens and communities through its mission of teaching, research, public service and economic development across our four universities and MU Extension. Support of the following priorities will help us carry out our core mission.

Legislative Priorities for 2022 include:

UM Core Funding
  1. Participation in expected higher education inflationary increase
  2. Maintenance and repair funding

Top Federal Stimulus Projects by University - $265M Total

Missouri Protoplex

  • Missouri Protoplex Facility will be a hub connecting industry, state/federal leaders and academia to develop new manufacturing processes, further elevating S&T‘s standing as a national leader in manufacturing engineering.
  • Innovations will create and sustain manufacturing jobs and streamline getting lab research to the marketplace.
  • Every $1 spent in the U.S. on manufacturing generates $1.48 in the economy, the highest of any sector.
  • Manufacturing in MO accounts for 12% of GDP, 86% of exports.
  • Match includes $50M in private support.

MizzouForward: Radiopharmaceutical Center

  • Investment to expand MU’s radiopharmaceutical center through MizzouForward, the NextGen Precision Health initiative, MU Research Reactor (MURR) and animal science teams.
  • MURR is the only U.S. supplier of 5 life-saving medical isotopes used in cancer and cardiac drugs.
  • On average, it takes 17 years for research discoveries to make it to patients; MizzouForward and NextGen accelerate this process.

Building Campus for Workforce Excellence

  • Establish a business and workforce district along the Natural Bridge Road corridor.
  • Consolidate programs and research in high-demand fields within the workforce district.
  • Consolidate academic programs with student amenities and academic supports.
  • Create a more vibrant university producing the state’s most diverse workforce in an area accounting for nearly half of our state’s GDP.
  • Eliminate $36M in facilities needs and reduce operating costs by $1M a year through renovations and demolitions.

Health Sciences District Development

  • New health professions teaching facility will provide interprofessional training for our future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Increases primary care physician grads by 25%, to help address the state’s rural physician shortage.
  • Updated dental clinic would continue to offer significantly reduced rates to vulnerable populations – only public dental school in MO, KS, and AR.
  • Would house two new high-demand programs – biomedical engineering and the NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center, a UMKC-MU collaboration.

To contact the Office of Government Relations, please call 573-882-9142.

Reviewed 2023-11-14