The Senate Appropriations Committee is to begin hearings today on a roughly $26 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.
Plan also provides a smaller increase for public colleges and universities
Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order today closing state offices the Friday after the holiday.
Gov. Jay Nixon cited improving state revenue while announcing Friday that he signed an executive order to close state offices on Nov. 23.
Lawmakers have already passed a $24 billion budget and a bill creating a dedicated funding source for veterans nursing homes.
Missouri lawmakers have finally made progress on the state’s $24 billion operating budget.
“We’re really hoping this year they get their act together and instead of pointing their fingers at each other that they know veterans vote, and we point our fingers at them.”
Passing the state budget is the only thing the Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to accomplish during the session.
The budget must be sent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk by May 11 at 6 p.m.
House and Senate Republicans continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program.