Governor Jay Nixon
Lawmakers cut state funding for Early Head Start programs nearly in half, from $5.67 million to $2.65 million.
People who use their influence to take financial advantage of elderly and disabled Missourians could face criminal charges.
When it was launched in the late 1990s, a Missouri grant program for preschools was intended to last only a short time.
Missouri’s legislature enters the final day of its 2012 session with few major issues remaining.
The measure would prohibit most solicitations by phone call or text message to cellphones.
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.