UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cutting education funding

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 12:11 p.m. CDT; updated 12:22 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 10, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is cutting funding for public schools and universities to help balance the state budget.

Nixon is cutting basic state aid by 7 percent for public colleges and universities for the next school year — an increase from the 5.5 percent reduction that had been approved by lawmakers. The governor also plans to cut about $8 million from what lawmakers had approved for busing aid to public school districts. That money could later be restored if revenues are strong enough.

Nixon planned to formally announce his budget cuts later Friday. School officials who had been briefed on the cuts confirmed them.

The cuts would come from Missouri's $23 billion budget for the 2012 fiscal year that starts July 1.

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David Sautner June 10, 2011 | 1:16 p.m.

I was and have been under the impression that Democratic politicians were populists and therefore legislated in the interests of the common good. This is evidence that Democrats are not significantly different from their republican counterparts. We need third party candidates in the upcoming elections! Libertarians and Greens should be holding center stage in this country for upcoming elections, we need to get out of this viscious cycle that the two-party system has created!

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