Missouri House panel advances proposed budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House budget leaders have approved a spending plan that would cut higher education funding next fiscal year, but by less than what the governor wants.

The House Budget Committee passed a budget proposal Wednesday that includes about $30 million less for public colleges and universities than they are expected to receive this year. Gov. Eric Greitens recommended a $68 million cut.

Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick says he’s still working on a deal to give schools the final $30 million if they don’t raise in-state undergraduate tuition.

The latest budget draft also provides $48 million more than the governor’s request for preschool education programs.

The committee on Wednesday also denied the Greitens’ administration’s request for money to maintain Capitol metal detectors and approved a ban on spending money for toll roads.

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