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28 Percent of Missouri Legislators Don't Have College Degrees

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Meanwhile, in Jefferson City...
Aha! Finally, everything coming out of Jefferson City makes sense!

Missouri legislators are less educated than their counterparts in other states, according to an analysis out today in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Just 69 percent of Missouri representatives and senators have a four-year college degree and/or  have completed some post-graduate studies, according to the publication. But here's the real shocker: Some thirteen percent never attended college, while eighteen percent attended university but never graduated.

Those numbers are below the national average for state lawmakers, of which 75 percent can be expected to have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher. Just nine percent of lawmakers nationwide don't have college degrees, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Missouri legislators who did attend college favored in-state schools more so than legislators elsewhere. Some 65 percent of Missouri lawmakers who went to university did so in the Show-Me State, with University of Missouri - Columbia the most popular by a long shot. Nationally, just 55 percent of lawmakers attended college in their home state.

Note: Number crunchers will notice that the percentage of Missouri lawmakers with and without college degrees in the Chronicle study adds up to just 97 percent. How can that be? Here's the explanation, per the Chronicle: "This information is primarily self-reported by the legislators, either through biographical surveys or in campaign literature. In some cases, ambiguity or a lack of information meant that degrees earned and colleges attended, if any, could not be determined."

H/T @tlwriter


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Legislators May Receive Wage Concessions from Faculty, Chancellors UCOP at University of California. The 10 University of California (UC) campuses, UCOPare not untouchable: Californians fund UC. Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss ofretirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents RegentLansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages,benefits. As a Californian, I don't care what others earn at private, public universities.If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenuredfaculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC,leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.  

Californians suffers from the greatest deficit modern times. UCwages, benefits must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others paid elsewhere. Campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by the more talented.

UC faculty, chancellor, vice chancellor, UCOP wage, benefits concessions:

No furloughs   

18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50million cut.

18 percent prune of campus chancellors', vice chancellors' salaries.

15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load

10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research,teaching load

100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

Rose bushes bloom after pruning.

UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridgethe public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California.The sky will not fall on UC

Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead - make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

Thank you for advocating for all Californians, University of California

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