Missouri Lawmakers have passed all 13 bills of the state’s $26 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, sending the spending plan to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval.
The budget contains an extra $84 million in funding for K-12 schools. It cuts spending on social services by $46 million. It also provides an additional $12 million in performance-based funding for colleges and universities.
Lawmakers approved the budget with three weeks remaining in the legislative session. Republicans, who hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate, have emphasized early passage of a state spending plan to enable them to exercise their new power to override the governor on line-item vetoes and spending restrictions.