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Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan

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Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Legislature has passed a $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year. The budget approved Thursday will cut spending for social services by about $46 million while increasing basic aid for K-12 schools by about $84 million compared to this year. That increase still falls about $400 million […]

Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Legislature has passed a $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year.

The budget approved Thursday will cut spending for social services by about $46 million while increasing basic aid for K-12 schools by about $84 million compared to this year.

That increase still falls about $400 million short of what’s need to provide public schools with full funding.

More money will go to public colleges and universities. Lawmakers have proposed a 1.3 percent increase of $12 million in performance-based spending for those institutions.

State employees will not receive a pay raise. Efforts to block the governor from extending bond payments to pay for a new St. Louis football stadium also failed to make it into the budget.

The bill now needs approval from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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