Governor Jay Nixon
Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.
Lawmakers have already passed a $24 billion budget and a bill creating a dedicated funding source for veterans nursing homes.
The budget must be sent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk by May 11 at 6 p.m.
Education policy issues include public school funding and dealing with the unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.
House and Senate Republicans continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program.
The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that could make it harder for employees who report workplace wrongdoing to be shielded from retaliation.
The Senate adjourned near midnight after eight hours without a compromise on Missouri’s $24 billion budget.
“When it comes to creating jobs and transforming our economy, projects just don’t get any bigger than this one,” Nixon said. “This is our moment.”
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said this was probably the most difficult budget year ever.
Circuit Judge Angela Quigless was appointed Thursday to fill the vacancy on the court’s Eastern District .