The Missouri Senate has passed the state budget for next year.
The Senate’s $23.2 billion spending plan cuts the state’s higher education budget by 4.8 percent, and provides an additional $20 million for school bus funding. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) sponsored the budget bills in the Senate.
“There’s still more that we could do as the state of Missouri for both K-12 and higher education, but again, we have to live within the confines of the budget that we have," Schaefer said. "We do have a constitutional amendment that requires us to have a balanced budget, and so we’re not gonna spend more than we have.”
State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) tried several times to strip federal stimulus money out of the budget, but each attempt was voted down.