Lottery likely to fall short again on education funding

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Lottery
Photo courtesy of the Missouri Lottery

The Missouri Lottery projects it will transfer $270.7 million to public education for the fiscal year that ends later this month. That would be a $3.4 million increase over last year’s total, but it would still fall $28 million short of the total projected in the state budget.

Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, who chairs the House Budget Committee for K-12 education, said some districts may have to dip into savings to make up the shortfall in funding from the lottery. However, an $80 million increase for K-12 education in the budget for Fiscal 2016 should help ease the pain for most districts, he said.

Still, challenges remain for the lottery, which last year transferred $21 million less to schools than it had the year before. That led to a cost-cutting campaign by the commission.

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