Politics
2:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. House passes $25B budget without Medicaid plan

The Missouri House has passed a nearly $25 billion budget that would fund modest increases for public education, but not the Medicaid expansion sought by Gov. Jay Nixon.

House approval of the budget today sends it to the Senate, where more changes are likely.

The 2014 budget plan would provide a roughly 2 percent increase in basic aid for public K-12 schools, colleges and universities. But school funding would still fall $620 million short of what's called for under a state formula.

Missouri's Tourism Division would get one of the largest percentage increases in the budget — from nearly $14 million this year to almost $20 million next year.

The budget leaves out more than $900 million of federal funds that Nixon had recommended for a Medicaid expansion.