Major steps are still left as state budget deadline draws near

The Missouri House and Senate must compromise on the state’s $27 billion spending plan by 6 p.m. Friday. That means the two chambers have just days to engage and complete a negotiation over millions of dollars in cuts.

And according to Senate Appropriation Chair Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, the House and Senate plans differ by almost $100 million.

The two chambers must reconcile on higher education funding, K-12 funding, funding for retirement and managed care programs, and numerous smaller items.

After the negotiations are finished, the hybrid budget must pass the House and Senate before landing on Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk by the Friday deadline. If not, the legislature must go into a special session, a procedure that hasn’t been implemented for budget reasons in 14 years.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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