This week, state lawmakers approved a $26 billion state budget. Approval came after late night conference meetings between House and Senate budget negotiators. Senate Budget chair, Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), had proposed $140 million in cuts for mental health and social services, but ultimately the cuts were reduced to $40 million. Meanwhile, increased funding was provided for higher education and public schools.
The legislature acted more rapidly on budget matters this year so they would have an opportunity to override vetoes of the governor they don’t agree with before the end of this year’s session, which concludes Friday, May 15. This could set up a situation where the last few days of the session are consumed in efforts to override various vetoes. See this AP article and this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article for more details.