Missouri Senate emerges from gridlock on state budget

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 2:45 p.m. CDT; updated 2:55 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A budget gridlock that blocked the Missouri Senate from work for two straight days came to an end Wednesday afternoon.

After a series of backroom negotiations, the Senate approved a complicated deal to silence a few senators whose filibusters had stalled the Senate.

Under the deal, the legislature would:

  • Ban the state from continuing a system evaluating early childhood education programs.
  • Earmark extra gambling boat money for veterans' homes.
  • Change distribution of funds to higher education institutions, giving more senators' home-district schools extra funds.

Adoption of the compromises increases the chances lawmakers can meet the 6 p.m. Friday deadline for passing the budget.

Left out of the compromise bill were demands to eliminate the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The institute provides training for women interested in entering politics and is named after former St. Louis representative Sue Shear who was originally elected to the state House of Representatives in 1972.

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