The Missouri General Assembly on Thursday sent a roughly $27.2 billion state budget to Gov. Jay Nixon that increases spending on higher education as a whole, while specifically cutting $3.8 million in funding from the University of Missouri System.
The budget, which is made up of 13 bills, plan also includes a 2-percent, across-the-board pay raise for state employees and increased state funding for Lincoln University and the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn.
Because lawmakers finished their budget work three weeks before the General Assembly must end its work for the year, Nixon must sign or veto its line-items by May 6 — rather than having until the end of June to act on it before the state business year begins July 1.
If Nixon vetoes any bill or any line-item in a budget bill, “on or after the fifth day before the last day” of the session, according to the Missouri Constitution, lawmakers must wait until mid-September to consider overriding those vetoes.