UPDATE: Nixon opposing proposed cut to blind aid

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 1:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. — 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 on Tuesday said lawmakers should reverse the budget cut, calling it "dead wrong." Nixon spoke to dozens of people at a Columbia facility that promotes independent living for people with disabilities.

The Republican-led House Budget Committee 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, smaller 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.

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