More than $100 million to be cut from Missouri's budget

Friday, June 12, 2009 | 2:17 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director says more than $100 million will be cut from Missouri's budget that takes effect July 1.

Lawmakers approved a $23 billion operating budget and an additional $600 million over two years for a series of special projects.

Budget director Linda Luebbering said Friday that Nixon will trim from both, but she did not say what would be cut. Safe from trimming is Metro public transit in St. Louis, construction at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center and proven economic development items.

Missouri budgets run from July 1 through June 30.

Luebbering said the spending cuts are needed because of sagging revenue. The current budget was based on 3.4 percent growth. But revenue will likely be 6.7 percent lower than last year.


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