Missouri House passes $27.8B budget that fully funds schools; Senate expects changes

Public K-12 schools in Missouri would see more money while higher education would be cut and a tax break for senior and disabled renters would be eliminated under a budget plan passed Thursday by the state House.

The $27.8 billion proposed budget for the next fiscal year starting in July shows the Republican-led House’s priorities in elementary and secondary education and frustration with costs for health care.

Under the House plan, close to $3.4 billion is set aside in basic aid for K-12 schools, about a $48 million increase from the current fiscal year and enough to meet funding goals called for under state law. The current version of the budget also includes money to undo proposed school transportation cuts recommended by Gov. Eric Greitens.

It’s unclear whether gains in elementary and secondary education will make it out of the Senate.

The House budget also slashes funding to other programs, most notably to the tax break for seniors and disabled renters and funding for higher education.

Some are worried that the late start on the budget this year will lead to a chaotic rush to get it completed by the May 5 deadline, considering that once the Senate passes its version, it’ll have to be negotiated further before it can go to Greitens’ desk.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Southeast Missourian

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