JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri legislature has finalized the state operating budget for the next fiscal year.
The legislation now awaits further action from Gov. Eric Greitens. Under Missouri law, the governor can veto individual line items in the budget. In September, the General Assembly will have a chance to override any vetoes with a vote of two-thirds of the members of each chamber.
As it stands, the approved budget legislation provides increased funding for elementary and secondary education, and reverses proposed cuts to colleges and universities. Various social service programs will see increased funding, as well, while state employees, currently some of the lowest paid in the nation, will receive modest raises come January.
Because of projected revenue increases, this year’s budget process was less contentious than others of recent years. That made for relatively pleasant debate on the legislation, which passed both chambers well before its May 11 deadline.
Passing a balanced budget is the only constitutionally-mandated responsibility of the state legislature. With the appropriations process completed, the General Assembly will now consider a few final bills and resolutions before the 2018 regular legislative session ends at 6 p.m. Friday.
Immediately after the regular legislative session concludes, the General Assembly will gavel in to a historic special session for the sole purpose of considering the possible impeachment of the governor. Greitens is currently under investigation by a special House committee for potential infractions relating to sexual blackmail and campaign finance violations.
As a multimedia specialist for the Missouri Senate, I compiled a video package on the passing of the 2019 state budget. Watch it below, and be sure to visit the official Senate website for daily updates on legislative activity.