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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Missouri Legislature passes cuts to social services funding

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Missouri Legislature passes cuts to social services funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Legislature has approved more than $46 million in spending cuts for social services programs next fiscal year. Lawmakers on Thursday passed an $8.6 million budget for the Social Services Department. That includes a more than $500,000 general revenue cut for the agency compared to this year. The bill […]

Missouri Legislature passes cuts to social services funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Legislature has approved more than $46 million in spending cuts for social services programs next fiscal year.

Lawmakers on Thursday passed an $8.6 million budget for the Social Services Department. That includes a more than $500,000 general revenue cut for the agency compared to this year.

The bill now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for approval.

The measure was perhaps the most controversial of a package of bills to guide $26 billion in state spending next year.

The bill garnered bipartisan criticism for slashing money for the department at a time when department officials have said demand for services is increasing.

Another contested provision in the bill would expand the state’s managed care program. Under that plan, Missouri pays private companies to manage Medicaid patients’ health care.

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