A Missouri Senate Committee continues to work toward finishing the state’s operating budget for the fiscal year. Some of the issues up for discussion include basic aid for pubic schools as well as funding for a state takeover of an old hospital site Jefferson City and a new maintenance shed for the highway patrol to replace the one destroyed by a recent fire. Once the details are worked out, the committee’s plan would advance to the full senate for consideration. The house already passed its budget proposal earlier this year. Lawmakers have until May 9th to pass their roughly $26 billion dollar spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July first.