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Senators disagree with budget cuts in Nixon's proposed budget

Date: January 23, 2012
By: Stacey Kafka
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's budget director expressed frustration with budget cuts to higher education.
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Wrap: Although economic growth was not as high as expected in 2012, Nixon's administration planned the 2013 budget around a strong economy.

 Budget Director Linda Luebbering says if the state had more money, they would not cut education funds.  

 

Actuality:  LUEB1.WAV
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Description: "We have gotten to the point where we are not making reductions that we wouldn't make if we had more revenue. If our revenue started to turn around faster, there are reductions in this budget that we would not be recommending."

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee said they were concerned some of this legislation will not pass.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

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Missouri colleges could soon feel the effects of Nixon's budget cuts.
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Wrap: Cuts to appropriations for higher education for fiscal year 2013 total more than fifteen percent.

These cuts combined with cuts from the last three years will return funds appropriated for higher education to the same rate as 1997.  

Budget Chair Linda Luebbering says these cuts are something the governor's office would like to avoid.

Actuality:  LUEB2.WAV
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Description: "We have gotten to the point where we are now making reductions that we wouldn't make if we had more revenue."

In addition to appropriation cuts in higher education, the 2013 budget appropriates less money for scholarships.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

 

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Changes to Casino revenue laws could send some Casino-goers across the border.
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Wrap: The proposed change would impose a $1 flat gambling rate.

As new casinos open on the Kansas side of the Kansas City border, lawmakers from the Kansas City area said they were concerned people would gamble in Kansas instead.

Budget director Linda Luebbering says this is one reason they expect gambling revenue to decrease.  

Actuality:  LUEB3.WAV
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Description: "We are projecting our riverboat gaming money to go down during fiscal year 2013."

Although revenue from gambling is expected to go down, the budget expects $20 million in gaming revenue.

Funds collected from this flat gambling fee will go towards building a new Veteran's home.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.


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