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Governor's budget could face problems

Jan 23, 2015

Governor Jay Nixon's proposed budget faces two big hurdles as lawmakers begin the process of crafting next year's spending plan.

Republican lawmakers said this week they are concerned about approving a supplemental budget request for this year while the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

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Nixon asks to spend 140 million dollars from the general revenue fund in his supplemental budget request. Most of the money is for current Medicaid needs, including higher drug costs.

Budget committee chairman and Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says lawmakers are unlikely to give Nixon money when he's withholding other funds.

Nixon for the next budget also wants more money for public schools and other spending. That money is based primarily on Medicaid expansion, which Republican leaders called a 'nonstarter.'