Nixon had proposed a two year plan to bring elementary and secondary funding up to levels the legislature promised in 2005. Senate appropriations chairman Kurt Schafer of Columbia says that’s not likely even though the Senate has approved a tax cut that sponsors say gives the legislature two years to get caught up with education funding. “I don’t see us getting to full funding anytime soon,” says Schaefer. “Hinging a tax bill on that makes the effectiveness of that tax bill a little bit suspect.”
One complicating uncertainty in the budget is funding for the new Fulton State Hospital. Lawmakers have set forth three ways to finance it.
One major program not in the proposed budget from either chamber was a big item for Nixon in January-Medicaid expansion. Not even former Senator Christopher Bond, who has been hired to lobby for it, has been able to budge opponents in the Senate.
(Bob Priddy, Missourinet)
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