Missouri lawmakers have two weeks to consider the 13 appropriations bills that will make up the state government budget for the new fiscal year. The House and Senate have some small differences to work out before the May 6 constitutional deadline, but lawmakers seem to agree that funding education is a top priority. The state House of Representatives passed its budget bills at the end of March. The state senate recently sent those bills back with a few amendments. The House education budget followed a recommendation from Gov. Nixon, and cut 7% of the state’s allocation to public colleges and universities. In the senate, the budget committee reassigned funds in other state departments to reduce the cut to higher education and keep the K-12 budget at just more than $3 billion.