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Nixon seeks $50M increase in basic school aid

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Gov. Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a $50 million increase in basic aid to public schools.

The details of Nixon’s school funding proposal are included in an email sent Wednesday to education groups in advance of his State of the State address. The Associated Press obtained a copy from one of those organizations.

Missouri schools are getting nearly $3.2 billion in basic aid this year. They would need an additional $482 million next year to be fully funded under state law.

Nixon is proposing that the $50 million increase could be boosted by an additional $79 million if legislators pass several measures to generate revenues, including expanding Medicaid. But those proposals have failed in past years.

Some education groups say a $50 million increase wouldn’t be enough to avoid cuts.

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