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Gov. Nixon opposing Missouri lawmakers on cut to blind aid

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 8:18 a.m. CDT; updated 9:41 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the blind.

The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.

The panel recently voted to eliminate a $30 million program that covers medical care for blind people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The committee instead would provide $6 million for a new, slimmed-down program for the blind.

House Republicans said the reduction was part of their plan to reverse a cut in funding for public colleges and universities that Nixon had proposed.

Both proposals would affect the budget that takes effect July 1.

 


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