Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Republicans Override Nixon Veto of School Funding Change

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Republicans Override Nixon Veto of School Funding Change

Article excerpt

JEFFERSON CITY * Republican lawmakers made quick work of Gov. Jay Nixon's attempt to block an overhaul of the state's school funding formula.

Just a day after the Democratic governor vetoed a plan that would lower the state's education funding goals, the House voted 113-43 to override his action. The move by the House came after the Senate overrode the governor on a 25-7 vote Wednesday afternoon.

The proposal now becomes law.

The plan endorsed by lawmakers restores a cap on growth in the school aid formula that was removed in 2009.

Supporters said the new plan would be better for school districts when it comes to budgeting because they'd know how much they are going to receive each year.

When the current formula was created in 2005, it contained a 5 percent cap meant to limit the growth of the state's target for adequately funding schools. The cap was removed four years later because of an expected influx of new gambling revenue.

The gambling money never came, and the formula has continued to rise. …

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