Greitens’ veto of UMKC arts campus funding misses the big picture

By Gerald J. Wyckoff
Special to the Star

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens decided to veto the bill passed overwhelmingly by the Missouri legislature to match funds raised to build UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance Downtown Arts Center, on the basis that he was not interested in funding “dancers and art students.”

What about the impact of the arts on Missouri’s economy?

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Gerald J. Wyckoff, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, is chair of the UMKC Faculty Senate. He collaborated on this commentary with members of the Senate’s executive committee: chair-elect Linda E. Mitchell, past chair Kathleen V. Kilway and incoming chair-elect Stephen Dilks.

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