(Jefferson City) The Missouri House of Representative passed a state budget bill last week.

However, State Representative Mike McGirl of Potosi says the coronavirus pandemic has caused a major reduction of funds compared to what state leaders originally thought they would have before the pandemic hit.

Mineral Area College, Jefferson College and other colleges across the state will have to work with less funds again this year.

The budget does not include raises for state employees, who are among some of the lowest paid in the nation, or the more than $50 million requested for the Missouri Department of Transportation to fix bridges.

The Missouri Senate will take up the budget bill this week in Jefferson City.