House Committee Passes Missouri Budget
Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee has approved next year's state budget. It's about $600 million dollars bigger than the current one.
The $18.4 billionbudget would increase spending on public schools, mental health and social services. The budget also aims to cut at least 39,000 people from the state Medicaid health care program.
Basic aid to public schools would increase by about $44 million over this year's authorized limit.
Budget-writers also agreed to keep open several facilities Governor Holden suggested closing. The Chillicothe Correctional Center, Cottonwood Children's Center and Southwest Missouri Rehabilitation Center will all stay open another year.
The budget now advances to the full House.