One chamber down on a nearly $51 billion state budget proposal.

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a spending plan that includes:

•$3.8 billion in state aid to K-12 public schools
•$1.1 billion in core funding for public higher education – $938 million for four-year colleges and universities, $179 million for two-year colleges.
•$727 million to widen I-44 to six lanes in Springfield, Joplin, and Rolla
•$361 million in K-12 school transportation funding
•$125 million increase in funding for the state’s nursing homes
•$100 million to upgrade Missouri’s low-volume roads
•$84 million for Access Missouri scholarship
•$62 million for A+ scholarships
•$55 million to boost pay for experienced teachers doing extra work through the Career Ladder Program – compared to Gov. Mike Parson’s request of $74 million
•$55 million to boost childcare subsidy rates
•$29 million to increase the minimum teacher salary to $40,000
•$25 million for Close the Gap grants to help families with tutoring, summer learning and other educational opportunities
•$20 million to study the use of natural psychedelics, called psilocybin and ibogaine, for mental health treatments
•$11 million for Fast Track Workforce Grant program
•$8 million to send Missouri National Guard members to Texas to help with illegal border crossings
•3.2% pay increase for state workers

The plan has more hoops to jump through in the Senate. Then budget negotiators in the House and Senate will meet to work out their differences.

Once they do, the proposal will require final approval in both chambers before heading to Gov. Mike Parson for the final say.

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