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Over $7 million cut from Missouri's mid-year budget

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Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers have trimmed about $7.3 million from Missouri's mid-year budget increase of nearly $500 million.

A House panel approved the reductions Wednesday along with limits on Governor Jay Nixon's travel expenses and less flexibility in how some health care funds are spent. Proposals for soil erosion projects and a grant program for ethanol-blended fuel pumps were also reduced.

More than $26 billion had been budgeted for the fiscal year that ends June 30. However, growth in Medicaid caseload and spending on medicine exceeded expectations, and those expenditures are mandatory. The additional $388 million for the Department of Social Services comprises the bulk of the governor's supplemental budget request.

Next, the supplemental budget goes to the House floor.