Missouri House panel OKs budget plan with more money for K-12 schools, college scholarships

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — A Missouri House panel has approved a plan to cut the governor's travel budget, beef up basic aid for K-12 schools and increase money for college scholarships.

A House budget committee on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill package that outlines Missouri's spending next fiscal year.

House members passed amendments that would shift another roughly $4.2 million to school funding and give an additional $2 million to the A+ Scholarship Program for higher education students.

Other changes made Tuesday include cutting more than $74,000 from the budget for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's office.

Democratic Rep. Genise Montecillo of St. Louis recommended the cut in an attempt to slash money used by the governor for air travel across the state.

The measures next need approval from the full House.

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