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Governor Matt Blunt Signs Education Bill

Governor Matt Blunt visited Springfield today to sign two bills that will give $1.2 billion dollars to education.

KSMU's Erika Brame was there and files this report.

Governor Matt Blunt first introduced the bills to the Missouri Congress in January of this year.

He has now signed them into law for the next fiscal year.

The two bills singed will allocate money to elementary and secondary education.

It will also put more money toward two-year and four-year colleges in Missouri and set aside more money for needs-based scholarships.

"It is almost a quadrupling of needs-based scholarships so that it will have doubled the number of students that have needs-based scholarship assistants going from about 17,000 students with aid in the old system to about 39,000 students today."

The two bills signed today are part of the 2009 fiscal year budget.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.

Governor Blunt was at The Library Center in Springfield