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Missouri Senate panel agrees to $66 million school funding hike

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 10:53 a.m. CDT; updated 11:34 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri schools appear likely to get a 2 percent funding increase next year, and state employees could get a small raise.

Those decisions appear to be locked into the budget as a result of decisions Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The committee agreed to provide a $66 million increase in basic state aid to public elementary and secondary schools on top of a $3 billion core budget. The House had approved a $65 million increase. Under legislative rules, negotiators are required to keep the final figure between the House and Senate versions.

The budget panel also agreed to go with a House plan that would provide a $500 annual pay raise to state employees, starting halfway through the 2014 fiscal year.


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