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Feb. 3, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Holley

Missouri governor releases 2018 budget

Missouri Gov. Eric Grietens has released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2018. The governor is proposing significant cuts for higher education. President of Northwest Missouri State University Dr. John Jasinski says Northwest is looking at a 9-10 percent budget decrease from core appropriations. He says the proposed budget means a $3 million cut for Northwest and tough choices ahead.

President Jasinski adds that cuts in the proposed budget were not unexpected, but says it is still early in the process. In the meantime, university officials will be considering expense reduction options.

Also in the budget, Gov. Greitens is proposing to provide $3.3 billion in basic aid to K-12 schools. That includes a $3 million increase, but is still $45 million short of full funding under state law. The governor's $27.6 billion budget also includes a $36 million cut in funds K-12 schools now receive to provide bus service to students.