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Mo. budget stalled on education, social services

May 2, 2011

Will be updated.

Funding for education is being pitted against aid to the elderly and disabled as Missouri lawmakers attempt to negotiate a final version of the state budget.

Negotiations stalled shortly after they started Monday because of a disagreement among House and Senate members about how much Missouri can afford to spend in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

At issue are the amounts of money going toward public school busing, colleges and universities, in-home care providers for the disabled and prescription drug aid for seniors and the disabled.

The Senate wants to provide more money than the House for the education items and less on the social services programs. The House proposed a compromise on education funding Monday. The Senate suggested going with a higher amount on all the items.