Missouri lawmakers spar over in-state tuition for immigrants

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri House Republicans are backing away from a budget compromise that would allow colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to students living in the country illegally.

The GOP-led House on Thursday voted 110-43 against the deal. That means a panel of lawmakers will get another shot to negotiate on the policy and the proposed state budget for public colleges and universities.

Missouri schools currently face losing state funding if they offer those students anything less than the tuition rate charged to international students.

Bipartisan Senate and House negotiators earlier this week agreed to end that policy. But opposition from House Republicans could unravel the deal.

Lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass the budget.

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