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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says he is reducing the amount of state tax revenue needed for his office.

Kander said his general revenue request for the 2016 operating budget, which begins next July, will be the smallest for the secretary of state’s office since 1999.

The Democratic secretary of state says he is shifting some office costs off of Missouri tax dollars to previously existing special funds. Kander says he also has eliminated some positions and spending. He says he saved $20,000 by reducing the size of a business registration reminder that is mailed out.