$22.6 billion Mo. budget passes Senate

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | 3:37 p.m. CDT; updated 2:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY ā€” Missouri senators have passed their version of a $22.6 billion state budget.

But they did so only after turning down several efforts to expand the budget further.

They defeated an effort to set aside $120 million for potential tax credits to lure a Canadian airplane maker to Kansas City. They also defeated an attempt to insert nearly $4.5 million in back pay for probation and parole workers in compliance with a court ruling.

Also defeated was an attempt to fund dental and vision benefits for adult Medicaid recipients.

The Senate version differs from the House version of the budget in numerous spending amounts. That will give negotiators leeway to craft a final budget during the next few weeks.

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