The Senate has yet to act on the 2018 state budget that takes effect on July 1, but after the House approved the $27.8B plan on April 6, much is still in flux, including:
- A $22 million cut to the University of Missouri System
- Adding $45 million to the K-12 school foundation formula
- Using the state budget and prohibition of the use of state funds to dictate extreme public policies
Rep. Kendrick continues to fight for reducing the partisan-motivated cuts to the University of Missouri, knowing that cuts on top of cuts on top of cuts will have a devastating affect, forcing tuition increases adding to student debt loads and a serious reduction in the capability of MU to remain a Tier 1 research and educational institution.
While the House voted to (fully) fund the K-12 Foundation Formula, it must be noted that this move follows a Republican-led revision in the formula that reduced the amount required for full funding. Even the pretended full funding for K-12 schools is likely to be dead-on-arrival in the Senate, because it would trigger a law requiring funding for early childhood programs, adding an estimated $60M to the state budget.
The deadline for passage of the state budget is May 5.
For more details on the problems looming with the state budget, read:
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Missouri House approves budget, sends $27.8 billion plan to Senate
The Kansas City Star: Missouri budget, with extra money for K-12 schools, wins initial approval from House