INTRO: The House and Senate passed a finalized version of the state budget for higher and secondary education today (Tuesday). From the state capitol Hayley Salvo has more.
Missouri legislators approved an additional 215 million dollars in general revenue for education in Missouri. That's roughly a 7% increase for public schools and 4% for higher education. But Columbia Representative Jeff Harris says it's not enough.
"Governor Blunt failed to honor his campaign promise when he promised to get the tax payers in the state of Missouri out of court over the funding formula. Another promise made another promise broken. And if you vote for house bill 1002 you're falling right in line with that rhetoric that does not match the reality."
Harris says considering inflation, the amount of money allocated in the new budget equals that spent on education in Missouri in 1999.
The new budget will take effect July 1st... the beginning of the 2007 Fiscal Year.
From the state capitol, I'm Hayley Salvo.
INTRO:The Missouri House and Senate finalized the state budget for the next fiscal year. There was little debate over the numbers but one House Representative was concerned about a different issue. From Jefferson City, Hayley Salvo has more.
By mid-day both the House and Senate approved a finalized version of the budget for higher and secondary education. The 2007 fiscal budget allocates 215 million dollars more than last year. But Democratic Representative Connie Johnson isn't worried about the numbers. She says it's time for legislators to face the issue of diversity in higher education.
"Every single college in this bill needs to be put on notice. They need to improve their efforts in recruiting not only African American students but African American professors."
Out of 15 black Representatives present in the House for the vote, 12 voted against the proposed budget.
From Jefferson City, I'm Hayley Salvo.