Missouri House members worry increasing costs could siphon education funding

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A joint session of the full Missouri House Budget Committee and the Education Subcommittee meets to hear budget requests from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, represented by Deputy Commissioner Kari Monsees, seated, left, and Commissioner Margie Vandeven, seated next to him.
Anna Campbell/News Tribune photo: A joint session of the full Missouri House Budget Committee and the Education Subcommittee meets to hear budget requests from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, represented by Deputy Commissioner Kari Monsees, seated, left, and Commissioner Margie Vandeven, seated next to him.

Lawmakers raised questions on multiple fronts last week about the impact of increased funding for public schools and higher education among rising costs.

In a Missouri House Budget Committee hearing, lawmakers reviewed budget requests from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development,...