JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt has already proposed a budget. Now he has a budget director.
Blunt named Larry Schepker, 57, as director of the Division of Budget and Planning in the Office of Administration on Wednesday. It will be Schepker’s job to promote and defend Blunt’s budget to the legislature.
Blunt’s $19.2 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1 would increase spending for public schools while cutting social services, including Medicaid .
Schepker quickly embraced Blunt’s proposals, specifically the Medicaid program, which now serves nearly 1 million people and consumes more than one-quarter of the budget.