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Missouri House passes budget after cutting more than $200 million

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 5:01 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has passed a more than $23 billion state budget after cutting proposed increases in funding for school districts.

Thursday's House passage sends the spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year to the Senate, where even deeper cuts are possible.

House members trimmed more than $200 million from the budget submitted by Gov. Jay Nixon, who says $500 million needs to be eliminated. The House has proposed using $300 million in federal stimulus money to make up the difference.

Majority Republicans called their spending plan balanced, while many Democrats warned the cuts would hurt vulnerable people. The $200 million cut by the House included a $106 million increase in aid to public schools.

 


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