Funding starved schools throughout the state are threatening to cut teaching positions, but don't expect relief to come from the state Capitol. Zack Ottenstein reports from Jefferson City.
According to state revenue reports, the upswing in the Missouri economy stalled last month.
And now, some figures indicate there is little hope that state programs will receive any relief.
Net revenue decreased in October, despite promising increases in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.
Overall, net revenues in the state are up about 5 percent.
However, Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the figure is inflated because last year the state paid out tax refunds that had been carried over from 2002.
Depressing last year's budget figures and Luebbering says inflating this year's.
Luebbering says that this early into the fiscal year $60 million is more than a drop in the bucket.
Disregarding refunds, gross collections are up slightly less than 2 percent.
However, that number is below what the legislature assumed in this year's budget.
And Luebbering says that's why the outlook is bleak for struggling state programs.
Luebbering says it is highly unlikely that the state revenue will grow in the manner necessary to hit the fiscal year's assumed growth rate.
But, House Budget Chairman Carl Bearden disagrees.
He believes the state's economic growth is not as inflated as Luebbering.
The governor will not make any decisions about releasing withholdings until December, when more information is available.
From the State Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.