Missouri House panel advances proposed budget
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House budget leaders have approved a spending plan that would cut higher education funding next fiscal year, but by less than what the governor wants.
The House Budget Committee passed a budget proposal Wednesday that includes about $30 million less for public colleges and universities than they are expected to receive this year. Gov. Eric Greitens recommended a $68 million cut.
Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick said he's still working on a deal to give schools the final $30 million if they don't raise in-state undergraduate tuition.
The latest budget draft also provides $48 million more than the governor's request for preschool education programs.
The committee on Wednesday also denied the Greitens' administration's request for money to maintain Capitol metal detectors and approved a ban on spending money for toll roads.