Budget debate looms in Missouri House

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 8:27 a.m. CDT; updated 8:41 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House leaders expect to open debate this week on a proposed state budget of roughly $24 billion.

Lawmakers are required to approve a budget by early May for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Among the most watched areas of the budget will be funding for higher education and for a program that covers medical care for blind people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.

The Republican-led House Budget Committee proposed deep cuts in aid for the blind to restore a cut in higher education funding proposed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.


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