Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released more than $22 million in previously withheld funding for job training, education and other programs.
Nixon on Friday announced the release. He previously blocked spending the money, citing lagging revenues. Nixon said improvements in the economy and revenues made the release possible.
Budget director Linda Luebbering says net general revenues so far this fiscal year are up 7.5 percent from last year.
The money will go to programs for early grade literacy, math and science tutoring and state health lab expenses.