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The Latest: Missouri Senate Panel Approves Budget Plan

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The floor of the Missouri Senate, where Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Senate budgeters have approved a plan to make cuts to in-home and nursing care for disabled residents while slightly increasing money for public K-12 schools.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed its version of a budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The budget proposal would cut in-home and nursing care by requiring people to show more severe disabilities to qualify, although the cuts are not as deep as what Gov. Eric Greitens initially recommended.

The proposal also calls for more basic aid for K-12 schools. The funding still would fall about $40 million short of what's called for under state law.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown says he's hopeful lawmakers will eliminate a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled renters to address revenue shortfalls.

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