Education would be spared from cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth by a Missouri Senate committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to follow the House's lead by holding funding flat for public universities shunning Gov. Jay Nixon's recommendation for cuts. The Senate committee plan would provide a $5 million increase to community colleges to train an estimated 500 additional students.
The Senate committee also agreed with the House to add about $5 million to Missouri's $3 billion basic aid program to public school districts.
The Senate panel endorsed a 2 percent pay raise for state employees making less than $45,000 annually. The House plan had set the salary cutoff at $70,000 for the pay raise.