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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Kurt Schaefer
Renewed concerns about sluggish state revenues led lawmakers to agree Tuesday to use long-term debt to build a new high-security building at the site of the oldest public mental health facility in the western half of the U.S.
The Missouri Senate endorsed a budget plan Monday that ensures a funding increase for public education but will require negotiations with the House to hammer out the final specifics.
A Missouri Senate committee adopted a state budget provision Tuesday to prevent public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally.
Missouri's public colleges and universities could be assured a 5 percent funding increase under a budget plan embraced Tuesday by a Senate panel that sets different education priorities than one passed by the House.
A state senator proposed Wednesday to give Missouri prison officials more choices in deciding how they want to execute inmates, as the state is facing increasing scrutiny for its current lethal injection methods.
Missouri Senators endorsed legislation Tuesday that would institute performance-based funding for the state's four-year universities, but only in years the state can afford a funding increase for higher education.
Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget proposal if they don't want to go along with his optimistic revenue assumptions.
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"I'd have concerns about the cost," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, whose panel is to begin work Monday on the next state budget.
"It's time to build that facility and to make sure that the priceless collections that we've got - that right now are in the basement of the university library - don't succumb to water damage or anything else, and that they're available for the public to enjoy," he said.