Missouri Legislators Adopt $20.8 Billion Budget

MAY 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Pay raises for state workers and a massive increase for road construction are in the works as Missouri lawmakers complete work on the state budget.

A nearly $21 billion budget being approved in pieces anticipates the largest rise in government spending since the state's finances foundered five years ago.

Most of the budget bills received final approval yesterday.  The rest are expected to be sent to Governor Blunt today.

Other highlights of the budget include more money for public schools and colleges in the fiscal year that starts in July.  The budget also restores a small portion of last year's cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.

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