Missouri Budget Now in the Senate

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JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the House of Representatives voted on their version of the 2014 Missouri budget Thursday.

The House approved major funding increases for Missouri education. Missouri K-12 grade schools will receive a $66 million dollar increase. Likewise, Missouri state funded colleges and universities will see a $25 million dollar funding increase.

The Missouri House voted for no increases to state Medicaid.

House Bill 11, the bill pertaining to social services, was challenged by Democrat Rep. Jacob Hummel of St. Louis. Rep. Hummel motioned for a refusal of the bill stating the two parties had not reached an agreement. Members voted down that motion and approved the bill as it stood.

"They exceeded the differences. It is not allowed by our rules and they had no right to do that. They should have gone back and fixed it," said Democratic Rep. Jacob Hummel.

"There are always discussions when there are controversial items. The Senate, the House, and the Governor are continueing to talk and thats the case here," said Republican Rep. Rick Stream.

The bills approved Thursday move on to Senate for approval.

A finalized budget must be on Gov. Nixon's desk Friday in order to meet the state's deadline.

The proposed budget totals $25 billion dollars.