Mo Senate Ends Stalemate, Passes $24B Budget

7 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, April 25 2012 Apr 25, 2012 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:40:00 AM CDT April 25, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has signed off on a $24 billion budget that gives a raise to state workers and avoids cuts to a blind health care program.
Senate passage of the budget came early Wednesday after a coalition of nine Republican senators dropped a two-day stalling effort. The senators gained several concessions, but their changes did relatively little to the bottom line of the budget.
The budget would provide a 2 percent raise for tens of thousands of state workers earning up to $45,000 annually.
Senators also decided to continue funding a program that provides free health coverage to 2,800 blind residents. A House version of the budget would have cut the program.
The Senate and House still must reconcile their differences and pass a final budget by May 11.

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