January 26, 2014 1:43 PM

Some Missouri education funding still shy of past peaks

The figures from Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget look big. There’s $84 million in new operating funds for state colleges and universities. A 15 percent increase for public school busing. An additional $600 each for thousands of low-income students receiving state scholarships. Some of the spending figures appear so large that Republican legislative leaders have denounced the Democratic governor’s budget plan as “unrealistic,” “bloated,” “inflated” and “absolute political fiction.”

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