JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri lawmakers have approved a $23.3 billion state budget that includes cuts to higher education.
The budget also reduces state aid to various state programs and trims the state payroll.
Lawmakers gave final approval today to a budget that would reduce state aid to colleges and universities by 5 percent. Basic aid for school districts would not increase.
Lawmakers gave final approval today. The spending plan takes effect July 1.
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Even more budget cuts could become necessary.
Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a nearly $23.9 billion operating budget in January. Later, he said $500 million needed to be trimmed from that budget. The Legislature trimmed $484 million.
Nixon's budget director has said the governor is likely to need to make "fairly significant" additional cuts.