Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant.
The district says it’s to keep class sizes small, keep pace with teacher salaries, open a new elementary school, and renovate Moss Field, which hasn’t been upgraded since 1948.
The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s state budget.
House Republican 2016 spending plan does not include funding for office created after Ferguson unrest.
Schmitt’s bill would cut from 30 percent to 10 percent how much of a city’s budget can be financed by traffic fines.
One of the courts called out by the Missouri Attorney General on Thursday left a citizen out in the cold last night.
Fallout from the unrest in Ferguson is impacting the nearby University of Missouri – St. Louis and has prompted a hiring freeze at the school.
The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has received more than $350,000 in donations and gifts of books that will keep the library cataloger busy for some time.
Sen. Schmitt has submitted legislation that would allow only 10 percent of a city’s budget to be derived from traffic fines. The law currently allows 30 percent.
Aldermanic President Lewis Reed has asked the city’s budget director to find spendable money in the existing budget.