Lawmakers approve $28.3 billion state budget for 2019

Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a $28.3 billion budget for the state’s 2019 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The spending plan agreed to by the House and Senate, both controlled by the GOP, rejected several specifics sought by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, including his plan for spending on education.

Highlights of the budget include $9.3 billion in spending on social services, $6.1 billion in total spending on K-12 education and a $700 yearly raise for state workers earning less than $70,000.

Full funding for the state’s K-12 education formula, agreed upon earlier in the week, was included in the series of bills approved Wednesday. So, too, were budget cuts at the Department of Health and Senior Services stemming from lawmakers’ frustrations about disclosure on the prevalence of the Bourbon virus in the state.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Missourinet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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