You could call K-12 education the biggest winner in the budget process right now, because when the Missouri House passed its budget plan, it made cuts to many programs and eliminated a popular tax credit for low-income seniors who rent their homes.
The House budget plan adds about $50 million of funding over last year to fully fund the formula. It also restores cuts to K-12 transportation, funding Governor Eric Greitens had announced as part of his budget proposal.
While K-12 gets an increase, the House cut the budget for the University of Missouri System by 9 percent and other state universities by 6.6 percent.
Fully funding schools appears realistic this year because last year lawmakers passed a bill capping how much money is needed for full funding.
Fox 2 spoke to the Senate's chief budget writer Tuesday, who said he's concerned about a law which requires the state to reimburse school districts for providing early childhood education if K-12 is ever fully funded.
After the house passed the budget last week, it's now the senate's turn.
Lawmakers face a May 5 deadline to get the spending plan passed.