Public education would be spared from funding cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth Wednesday by a Missouri Senate committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to follow the House's lead by keeping funding steady for public universities and providing a modest increase for public elementary and secondary schools. The Senate panel also decided to boost funding for community colleges by transferring job training money that otherwise would flow through the Department of Economic Development.
Missouri lawmakers are working on a roughly $24 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1. They have until May 11 to send the spending plan to Gov. Jay Nixon.