JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican House leaders are scrapping Gov. Jay Nixon's recommendations for Missouri's budget.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream said Thursday that he believes Nixon's budget plan would spend at least $310 million more than Missouri would receive in tax revenues.
Stream said he won't use Nixon's budget recommendations as the starting point for legislation. Instead, Stream was filing budget bills Thursday that use the 2014 appropriations as the starting point for the 2015 budget.
Stream said he will give each of the House's six appropriations committees a lump sum of money that they can divvy out for funding increases.
He says the allotted increase for education will be $317 million. That's significantly shy of the $490 million education increase proposed by Nixon.
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