Missouri lawmakers approve $23.3 billion spending plan

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.

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.