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Senators Vote to Enact Vetoed K-12 Funding Bill

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Missouri senators have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a proposal to rein in the amount of money lawmakers aim to provide to K-12 schools.

Hours after he vetoed the bill Wednesday, senators voted 25-7 to override him. Two-thirds of House members also must vote to override the governor.

The bill would set a cap on what lawmakers consider adequate school funding, which is used as a goal during budgeting.

Funding for years has fallen short of those goals.

Planned basic aid for K-12 schools next fiscal year falls more than $400 million short of funding goals. Under the proposal, it would be about $54 million short.

Supporters say a cap will make it more feasible to meet target funding, but Nixon says it breaks a promise made to students.

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