Missouri governor calls for reversal of proposed budget cuts

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Governor Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says increased state general revenues from an improving economy make cuts in the Senate’s proposed budget for services for foster children and people with mental illnesses unnecessary.

Nixon on Friday called on lawmakers to restore the $130 million cut from the House version of the 2016 budget for programs for seniors, people with disabilities and foster children.

He says an increase in state revenues so far this year means there will be about $80 million more available for the fiscal year 2016 budget.

The Senate’s top budget writer, Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, has proposed lumping together most programs in three departments and reducing the House’s proposed increase.

The House rejected adopting that proposal. Now lawmakers must work out differences on the $26 billion budget plan.