Approving funding to run critical functions of state government without a tax increase, the Missouri General Assembly’s sent the governor 13 budget bills totaling $23.2 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The bills cut $13.5 million in spending from the budget proposed by Gov. Nixon in January. The Senate also prioritized education with increases for K-12 busing and the budget for higher education colleges and universities. Lawmakers’ raised to higher education, adding $12 million for Missouri’s two- and four-year colleges and universities and $10 million for Missouri’s K-12 transportation line item.