Nixon cuts college funding, busing aid for public schools
June 10, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday cut millions of dollars for state programs and services from the state budget.
Many of the cuts fell on education programs. Nixon is cutting basic state aid by 7 percent for public colleges and universities for the next school year _ an increase from the 5.5 percent reduction that had been approved by lawmakers.
The governor also plans to cut about $8 million from what lawmakers had approved for busing aid to public school districts. That money could later be restored if revenues are strong enough.
The cuts would come from Missouri's $23 billion budget for the 2012 fiscal year that starts July 1.
Nixon's budget director said as recently as two weeks ago that $113 million would need to be cut from the $23 billion budget passed by lawmakers.
Part of that is attributable to recent disasters. Nixon has pledged $25 million each for response and recovery efforts for the Joplin tornado and for flooding in southeast Missouri along the Mississippi River. Neither of those expenses were anticipated when lawmakers approved the budget.
Missouri's 2012 fiscal year begins July 1 and runs until June 30, 2012.
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