University of Missouri

52-26: A Resolution To Support The Association’s 2013 Legislative Platform

PDF of Bill 52-26

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-26

A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE ASSOCIATION’S 2013 LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

PURPOSE: To endorse the goals and initiatives of the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform.

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform makes retaining state funding of $400.3 million dollars for UM System core operations in Fiscal Year 2014 its number one priority; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform supports additional core funding requests of $17.6 million by the UM System to be used, among other initiatives, to provide an annual merit and inflation increase for faculty and staff salaries and benefits; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform recognizes the gap in STEM graduates and the growing demand for such professionals, resolving to support the UM System’s request for $55.2 million in additional funding to invest in STEM education expansion; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform supports the UM System’s request for $10.3 million in additional recurring funding to support Phase II of the Caring for Missourians program; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform urges lawmakers to appropriate matching funds for capital improvement projects at the University of Missouri which have private donor support as part of the recently passed 50/50 capital matching program; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform encourages lawmakers to take advantage of Missouri’s AAA bond rating in order to support a new bond initiative for capital projects at the University of Missouri; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform dictates the Legislative Advocacy Officer work to protect funding for state financial aid programs, including, but not limited to, the Access Missouri and Bright Flight programs; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform supports ASUM efforts to afford a vote to a student representative to the Board of Curators; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform dictates the Legislative Advocacy Officer work to ensure tenants are not taken advantage of by landlords through undocumented security deposit withholdings or delayed maintenance repairs to property which doesn’t meet Columbia code; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform supports the active engagement of the student representatives to Columbia City Council members and the Mayor in relationship-building efforts; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform supports the Campus and Community Relations Committee efforts to make Columbia buildings more accessible.; AND

WHEREAS, the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform demands the Legislative Advocacy Officer work to ensure the restoration of dilapidated streets under the jurisdiction of the city of Columbia such as Curtis Lane and Anthony Street.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the goals and initiatives laid out in the Missouri Students Association 2013 Legislative Platform should be pursued by the Legislative Advocacy Officer and supporting members of the Association.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steven Dickherber, Legislative Advocacy Officer

Ben Levin, Academic Affairs Chairman

Sandy Patel, MSA Senator