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$3 million will support local school district transportation programs across the state, and more than $2 million will go to Missouri's colleges and universities. Nixon provided the additional funds as they became available because of increases in a dedicated state funding source to support public education.
Nixon says the $3 million in transportation funds will help local school districts as they face rising fuel prices...
"We want to put those dollars in there so that other choices don't have to be made because we've been very tight on our budget the last couple of years and I didn't want a tick up in diesal prices to cause a tick down in any services in our state especially as we look towards the last three months of the school year."
Meanwhile, Nixon hopes the $2.23 million for Missouri's public colleges and universities will help higher education institutions in the state continue to make investments in delivering high quality programs for students and keep costs down...
"We want to continue to keep that downward pressure on tuition. I appreciate the colleges working with us to do that. I'm very proud of the fact that we're the lowest in the country for the first three years as far as tuition increases. We had a freeze the first two years. Last year was basically a CPI increase and we want to continue to do that."
During his stop in Nixa, Nixon praised the Nixa School District for receiving the Distinction in Performance Award ten years in a row.