Missouri lawmakers undo veto to enact school funding bill

9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:14:45 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a proposal to rein in the amount of money lawmakers aim to provide to K-12 schools.

The day after Nixon vetoed the bill, House members voted 113-43 Thursday to undo his action. Senators had acted hours after Nixon's veto.

The bill caps what lawmakers consider adequate school funding, which is used as a goal during budgeting.

Funding has fallen short of those goals for years.

Planned basic aid for K-12 schools next fiscal year would have been more than $400 million short of funding goals. Under the proposal, it's about $54 million short.

Supporters say a cap will make it more feasible to meet target funding, but Nixon says it breaks a promise made to students.

 

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