Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to enact budget cuts

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 10:21 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Millions of dollars for state programs and services could be on the chopping block.

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign Missouri's 2012 budget into law Friday. He also is expected to announce spending cuts.

Nixon's budget director said as recently as two weeks ago that $113 million would need to be cut from the $23 billion budget passed by lawmakers.

Part of that is attributable to recent disasters. Nixon has pledged $25 million each for response and recovery efforts for the Joplin tornado and for flooding in southeast Missouri along the Mississippi River. Neither of those expenses were anticipated when lawmakers approved the budget.

Missouri's 2012 fiscal year begins July 1 and runs until June 30, 2012.

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