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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -  A Missouri House committee approved a state budget Tuesday that would hold funding steady for public K-12 schools while cutting aid for colleges and universities.

The spending plan approved by the House Budget Committee totals about $23.2 billion, larger than the plan Gov. Jay Nixon submitted in February by about $142 million.

The budget plan would allot about $3 billion in basic aid for public schools in the upcoming academic year, the same amount they received this year.

The House amount includes some money carried over from the current budget, thanks to an influx of federal funds.

Nixon originally had proposed to provide schools additional federal money this year and less money next year, making schools responsible for carrying over some money.

The House committee stuck with Nixon’s recommendation of about $98 million in busing funds for the upcoming school year.

That’s about a third less than schools originally were budgeted to receive in busing aid this year, before Nixon made cuts last summer in the face of falling state revenues.

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