Missouri Senators to Take up $26.8B Budget Plan

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate this week will be putting its stamp on the proposed state budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

The Senate plans to debate and vote on the $26.8 billion spending plan Monday.

That would set the stage for negotiations with the House over a final version that is required by the state constitution to be passed by May 9.

The budget pending in the Republican-led Legislature is about $900 million smaller than the one proposed in January by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The difference is due largely to the fact that lawmakers chose not to include a federally funded Medicaid expansion sought by Nixon.

Public schools, colleges and universities would get funding increases under all versions of the budget, but the exact amount remains to be settled.