Missouri House opens hearings on Republican-designed budget plan

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 7:20 a.m. CST; updated 9:51 a.m. CST, Monday, March 5, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee is opening hearings on a Republican plan for the state budget.

House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City has outlined a spending plan that reverses Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed cuts to public colleges and universities. But Silvey's plan offsets the proposed education funding partly by eliminating a state aid program for the blind— a move Nixon opposes.

The budget committee was scheduled to begin hearing the plan Monday.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones said the budget could reach the House floor for debate as soon as the week of March 19.


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