JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are going back to work on a state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.
The Senate Appropriations Committee devoted several days to the budget last week and planned to resume the work Tuesday. The Legislature faces a May 11 deadline to pass a budget.
Senators have developed plans to keep funding steady for higher education while offering a small boost to public school districts.
The Appropriations Committee has also proposed to limit raises for state workers making less than $45,000 a year, and to tap a state labor department fund to help pay Missouri's debt to the federal government for jobless benefits.