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Missouri House passes supplemental budget

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed the state's $80 million supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2008.

Each year, lawmakers pass a supplemental budget to cover unforeseen costs for the fiscal year already in progress.

House Budget Chairman Alan Icet (R, Wildwood) says this year's biggest item is an increase in the funding formula for the state's K-through-12 schools.

"Because of the way they estimate student attendance, we have to increase funding by $31 million," Icet said.

The supplemental budget also includes more than $5 million extra for Missouri HealthNet.

"(The supplemental budget contains a) lot of things which would normally occur...the state's welfare system, increases in fuel and things of that nature that just tend to occur every year," Icet said.

The supplemental budget passed the State House on a strong bipartisan vote. It was sent to the Senate and introduced on the floor early this evening.

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