The Missouri Senate this week passed a $50 billion budget plan after an hours-long fight on an amendment that would have limited diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in the government. The plan spends over $4 billion more than the version passed by the House last month, including $3 billion more from the state’s general revenue fund. Work on the budget stalled when Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) introduced an amendment to the public schools budget banning diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. When that amendment was ruled out of order, Sen. Hoskins proposed a narrower ban. This led to Democrats holding the floor of the Senate for hours denouncing the effort. Hoskins’ amendment was ultimately defeated on a 14-18 vote, with nine Republicans joining the Democrats.
The Senate’s proposal includes:
$461.6 million for raises to those who care for people with developmental disabilities.
$55.8 million to expand school-based pre-K programs.
$2.8 billion, with half coming from the state’s general revenue surplus, to widen I-70 at multiple choke points.
The budget will now go to conference committee where the House and Senate will work out the differences between their proposals. All budget bills must be completed by May 5.