Citing an increase in tax revenues over last year, Gov. Jay Nixon freed $8.5 million for higher education on Monday that he had previously blocked.
In June, Nixon placed restrictions on about $15 million in the state’s $24 billion operating budget. The restrictions included spending on higher education and programs for K-12 schools, along with other social services. With state revenues up a total of 9.5 percent so far over last year, Nixon’s administration released the money for higher education as well as funds for foster care programs, child-care subsidies and the State Historical Society.