Missouri state budget plan includes increases for schools

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Republican lawmakers appeared to offer a compromise solution Wednesday in their logjam with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over state revenue and education spending.

Rep. Rick Stream, the House budget committee chairman, proposed increasing K-12 public schools funding at Nixon’s recommended amount of $278 million for fiscal year 2015 — but only if Nixon’s revenue estimate proves true.

For the budget year beginning July 1, Nixon is counting on 5.2 percent growth in general revenue. House and Senate budget leaders, however, project growth at 4.2 percent.

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