Missouri House Advances $23B Operating Budget

8 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, March 29 2011 Mar 29, 2011 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:32:00 PM CDT March 29, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House members have endorsed a more than $23 billion budget that keeps aid to school districts flat while cutting funding for universities.

School districts would get what they received last year but about $200 million less than what is called for by a state formula. Public university budgets would be trimmed about 7 percent.

Lawmakers also restricted Gov. Jay Nixon's ability to travel on the state's dime. The House would bar every agency except the Department of Public Safety from paying for the travel of statewide elected officials. Lawmakers also removed $500,000 they added for gubernatorial travel and instead directed it to school dropout prevention in St. Louis.

The budget gained first-round approval Tuesday and needs another vote before advancing to the Senate.

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