JEFFERSON CITY— Gov. Matt Blunt signs a $22.4 billion operating budget for Missouri.
The new state budget is to take effect Tuesday. It includes spending increases for public schools, college scholarships and medical providers who treat low-income patients.
In fact, the budget increases state spending at a greater rate than its expected revenue growth. The state is able to do that by tapping into money left over from previous years.
The Republican governor calls it a responsible budget, noting Missouri’s finances have fared better than some other states as the economy has had troubles.
Blunt said he made five line-item vetoes. Those included a $500,000 expenditure from Conservation Department funds toward an improved communications system for state and local emergency responders. Blunt said the agency opposed the expenditure.