JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing some big funding increases in his budget. But even if lawmakers approve of them, some programs still could be getting less money than they once did.
As a result of two separate recessions since the turn of the century, governors and lawmakers made deep funding cuts to public universities, student scholarships, school busing and the Parents as Teachers early childhood program, among others.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream says some of those programs may never return to their funding high marks. In other cases, he says lawmakers want to restore funding but may do so at a slower pace than recommended by Nixon.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says lawmakers want to budget conservatively.
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