House OKs budget to boost education funding, cut elsewhere

The Missouri House approved a budget plan Thursday that includes more money for early education and flat funding for higher education while retaining cuts to services for seniors and people with disabilities, the Associated Press reports.

Republican House leaders touted an increase in funding for K-12 public schools and a new requirement that the state contribute an additional $48 million for early childhood education.

The House plan avoids $68 million in cuts that Gov. Eric Greitens proposed to public colleges and universities. The deal was reached after most Missouri schools pledged to cap tuition raises at 1 percent.

House Democrats slammed the spending plan for keeping cuts to in-home and nursing care that took effect this year. Democrats failed to adopt a proposal to draw money for these services from other funding areas.

Read more: Associated Press

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