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Missouri governor announces education funding cuts

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Gov. Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is making more cuts to public education because of a decline in casino and lottery revenues.

Nixon announced more than $35 million of new spending restrictions Tuesday. That’s on top of $22 million of restrictions announced in April.

The Democratic governor said lottery and casino revenues are not meeting the amounts assumed in the 2014 budget that runs through June 30. Because the gambling revenues are dedicated to education, Nixon says the cuts must come from that area.

He said the K-12 school funding formula will lose $24.6 million in the latest round of cuts, raising the total cut tomore than $40 million.

Nixon said universities would lose an additional $10.5 million, raising the total higher education reduction to nearly $17 million.

2 comments

  • dbhbk1

    Why is it the first thing these bureaucrats want to cut are the educational funds. Have they all declared war on education of this country’s children. Don’t they realize that the future of this country lies with our children’s education. These politicians are running this country into the ground.

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