The Missouri Senate will be working this week toward putting together the state’s next budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold hearing starting today on a $26-billion dollar budget for the fiscal year that starts in July. As passed last month by the house, the budget includes a two-tiered funding plan for public school districts and higher education institutions. Schools for example, would get a minimum of $122-million dollars over their current $3-billion dollars of basic aid. However, if revenues come in higher than expected schools could get the full $278-million dollar increase originally sought by Governor Nixon. A final budget is expected in May.