Gov. Jay Nixon has released $143 million of education funding that he had frozen, because lawmakers sustained most of his vetoes of tax-break bills.
A decline in the amount of Missouri Lottery proceeds provided to education is due partly to the types of Lottery games people chose to play during the past year, a Lottery official said.
Madigan says collecting a 3 percent surcharge on income greater than $1 million would pump an extra $550 per pupil into the state education fund.
Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that revenues from lottery and riverboat gaming have continued their steep decline, resulting in an additional estimated shortfall of $35.1 million for the current 2014 Fiscal Year.
Missouri lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a state budget that could restore Medicaid benefits that were cut a decade ago.
Public schools would get a $115 million increase on top of their current $3.1 billion in basic funding.
The Democratic governor is vetoing the Republican plan to cut taxes by $620 million annually.
The Missouri Senate endorsed a budget plan Monday that ensures a funding increase for public education but will require negotiations with the House to hammer out the final specifics.
The Appropriations Committee on Wednesday endorsed its plan for state spending during the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced plans Thursday to freeze $22 million that had been budgeted for public schools and colleges because lawmakers failed to include enough money in a mid-year spending plan passed this week.