Willis' article includes an interview with the man with the plan, Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Shelbina:
He and other Democrats oppose the plan because it has too many stipulations and focuses more on capital assets than students. "Our future of the state of Missouri is not in a facility, it is in the minds of the young folks that we educate," Shoemyer said.
The article continues:
Shoemyer said the Democrats plan will be able to do much more with MOHELA's money than the Lewis and Clark Initiative. Though he hasn't consulted the MOHELA Board, he has talked with individuals who support his plan. "What Missourians will be most comfortable about is that you're not selling off the farm, you're investing and growing," Shoemyer said.
The return of The Chart to Jefferson City is welcome and offers a fresh alternative...state coverage we are definitely not receiving from the Joplin Globe.
It's nice to know that while Missouri Southern State University justly praises its international program, its newspaper is also keeping its eye focused on news closer to home.