Lawmakers seek Busing and Scholarship Increases
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Some Missouri House members are seeking to increase funding for school busing and the state's A+ scholarship program. Three lawmakers called for about $35 million in increases for bus transportation at public schools. Gov. Jay Nixon had recommended about $98 million in busing funds for the 2011-2012 school year.
The proposed funding increases are contained in six amendments. The House Budget Committee could approve some - or none - of those amendments. Rep. David Sater, a Cassville Republican, also has proposed a $5 million increase for the state's A+ scholarship program for community college students. Budget chairman Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, says he expects the panel will consider all the amendments Tuesday.