Governor Matt Blunt has sweetened the pot in an effort to attract enough votes for the proposed new school funding formula to be revived in the House. The Senate approved the plan earlier. A House committee has rejected. The Governor wants that committee to reconsider its vote. Blunt is offering incentives to both reluctant urban and rural lawmakers to get them on board. Blunt’s proposal increases the cost of the proposed new formula by roughly $200-Million to a total of $900-Million. Blunt has increased the phase-in period to accomodate the increased cost, saying he proposes to pay for it over a seven-year period. The House committee meets Wednesday to decide whether it will reconsider its vote and send the bill to the full House for debate.
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