Because of the economic downturn, the Governor and Missouri General Assembly made unprecedented cuts in the amount of state aid our schools receive. Money to support our schools is the last thing Missouri should be cutting. We have been successful in reducing the severity of those cuts, but I will continue to fight to restore more funding. At the same time money was being cut from our schools, the Republican dominated Legislature increased money for advertising the State lottery by 56 MILLION. We must not allow our children's futures to be shortchanged!