Governor Parson’s state budget request includes about 114-million dollars to fund Missouri’s public school transportation. During a state House Budget Committee hearing, State Representative Peter Merideth of St. Louis asked about the history of Missouri’s school bus funding. Kari Monsees (mawn-sess), with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said state funding has declined over the years.

Missouri can fund up to 75-percent of local school transportation costs, which would equal about 328-million-dollars.