JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns.
Nixon's administration cited better-than-expected lottery sales while announcing Wednesday that it was providing an additional $3 million for transportation at K-12 schools and $2.2 million for public colleges and universities.
The additional school bus funding restores less than half the amount that Nixon had withheld from K-12 transportation while announcing state budget cuts last summer.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, said the additional higher education funding does not reduce the nearly $17 million he had cut from institutions last summer, but rather is a release of the state's standard 3 percent operating reserve.