JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri Senate began its full debate on the 13 measures that make up the state’s operating budget this week. In addition, the Senate sent several bills to the governor’s desk for his approval. And lawmakers move one step closer in coming up with a compromise on a new congressional district map.
Crafting the State’s Budget
Lawmakers in the Senate worked this week to give their approval to its version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s operating budget. The budget bills, which range from measures designed to fund elementary, secondary and higher education in Missouri to legislation crafted to provide funding for the state’s transportation needs, total $23.2 billion for the upcoming 2012 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. The Senate’s version of the FY 2012 budget includes a $6 million net reduction in spending compared to the governor’s budget proposed in early January. Priorities of the FY 2012 budget include increases over recommended funding for K-12 education transportation and public colleges and universities.
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