Missouri General Assembly Passes FY 2021 Budget

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Facing a state Constitutional deadline of May 8, the Missouri General Assembly negotiated and passed the state budget this week for FY 2021, which begins on July 1. State general revenues have fallen significantly since the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic, forcing legislators to revisit work done on the budget earlier in the session. This week, legislators negotiated cuts to the budget, knowing that even further cuts may be necessary in the coming months as the full economic impact of the coronavirus becomes clear.

The budget as passed includes approximately $700 million in cuts to new programs and spending, including cuts to higher education, funding for bridge construction, raises for state employees, tourism, and school transportation, although the budget does include full funding of K-12 education otherwise. The legislature returns next week to complete their work for the 2020 legislative session, which ends on Friday, May 15.

May 13, 2020 - 9:27am

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