Friday, February 03, 2017

House Minority Leader: Public education is not among Gov. Greitens' priorities

(From House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City)

House Democrats are deeply disappointed that public education is not among our Governor Greitens' priorities. His proposed budget not only fails to fully fund local public schools in the amount mandated by state law but also slashes school transportation spending. And the additional deep cuts the governor proposes for public colleges and universities will directly result in tuition hikes, pushing higher education out of reach for many Missourians.

Fortunately, the governor's recommendations are just the starting point of the budget process, and the General Assembly owes no deference to them. House Democrats are committed working with our Republican colleagues to craft a budget that more accurately reflects Missouri's needs and priorities.

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