Big spending projects absent from Missouri’s $51.8B budget for fiscal year 2025

(The Center Square) – Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s $51.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2025 doesn’t have any large projects when compared to previous years.

Last year, Parson planned to spend $859 million to expand I-70 to six lanes from Kansas City to St. Louis and ended up approving $2.8 billion for the project. This year, two budget items – one for elementary and secondary education and another for a 3.2% cost-of-living increase for state employees – have costs of more than $100 million.

Approximately $120.6 million is budgeted to fund the state’s elementary and secondary education formula. Parson provided $111 million for the state employee pay increase. An additional 1% salary increase will be awarded for every two years of continuous service and capped at 10% for 20 years of service for eligible state employees working in congregate care facilities.

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