Missouri Senate passes 2012 budget
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Missouri Senate passes 2012 budget

Date: May 5, 2011
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
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The Missouri Legislature passed next year's budget which gives money to fix the deteriorating capitol building.
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Wrap: Missouri lawmakers passed the $23 billion budget which sets aside $100,000 for a committee to pick repairs to the Capitol building.

Currently one main entrance to the building is inaccessible because the concrete stairs are crumbling.

Republican Cape Girardeau Senator Jason Crowell spoke out against the committee funds.

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Description: "How about we have a scratch off lottery ticket to study the needs of the state Capitol."

Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said the rationale is to draw attention to the needs of the building. 

The budget now goes to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

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The Missouri legislature passed next year's budget which cuts higher education spending, but not as much as originally proposed by the governor.
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Wrap: Missouri lawmakers passed the $23 billion budget which includes a 5.4 percent cut to Missouri's colleges and universities.  

Republican St. Louis County Senator Jim Lembke spoke out against areas of the budget where he saw increases in spending.

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Description: "Except in a very few like higher education, the bill that we will be going to next where they took a pretty heft cut on top of a cut that they took last year."

Lembke says its the legislators responsibility to be the fiscal stewards for Missourians.

The budget now goes to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil


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