budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org en As St. Louis County Finalizes 2014 Budget, McCulloch's Office Gets Funding Boost http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-finalizes-2014-budget-mccullochs-office-gets-funding-boost <p>The St. Louis County Council gave final approval to its 2014 budget, keeping most of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s recommendations.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the council did make funding changes at the request of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Some money will go to adding staffers for a diversion program aimed at keeping first-time offenders out of prison.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:20:06 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32368 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As St. Louis County Finalizes 2014 Budget, McCulloch's Office Gets Funding Boost Mo. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Withheld Appropriations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-rejects-challenge-withheld-appropriations <p>Missouri auditor Tom Schweich&nbsp;had no authority to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s decision to withhold about $170 million from the budget for fiscal year 2012 before the spending plan actually went into effect.</p><p>That was the <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=66195">ruling today</a> from six of the justices on the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Paul Wilson did not participate.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:19:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 30326 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Withheld Appropriations Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slay-says-stl-tv-luxury-city-cant-afford <p>The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will resume discussions next week of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.</p><p>The budget presented to the board by Mayor Francis Slay totals $985 million.</p><p>Among the cuts to the budget that Slay is proposing includes essentially eliminating the city’s cable TV channel, known as <a href="http://stltv.net/">STL-TV</a>.</p><p>The cut was rejected by the board of estimate and apportionment, but Slay says he remains confident that the Board of Aldermen will see that STL-TV is a luxury the city can’t afford.</p> Sun, 12 May 2013 13:52:13 +0000 Adam Allington 26311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford Large Gap In Nixon, Spence Remaining Campaign Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/large-gap-nixon-spence-remaining-campaign-budget <p>Gov. Jay Nixon entered the final month before the November elections with three times as much campaign cash as his Republican challenger.</p><p>Finance figures released Monday show the Democratic governor had $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for St. Louis businessman Dave Spence.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:05:19 +0000 The Associated Press 5427 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Large Gap In Nixon, Spence Remaining Campaign Budget Tamms, other prisons will stay open for another month http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tamms-other-prisons-will-stay-open-another-month <p>Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled&nbsp;Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-will-again-propose-state-facility-closures-balance-illinois-budget">close them</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:22:15 +0000 The Associated Press 4474 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tamms, other prisons will stay open for another month City posts small surplus for last fiscal year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-posts-small-surplus-last-fiscal-year <p>The extra sales tax generated by a long postseason of baseball helped St. Louis city end the fiscal year with a $4.3 million surplus, but officials say that sigh of relief is only temporary.</p><p>Revenue was up just about $4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, driven by higher hotel and sales taxes from the World Series. Lower-than-expected spending made up the rest of the surplus.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 21:10:03 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4248 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City posts small surplus for last fiscal year St. Louis County Parks Department business plan shows a $500,000 budget shortfall next year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-parks-department-business-plan-shows-500000-budget-shortfall-next-year <p>The St. Louis County Parks Department presented its business plan to the County Council last night, and for now, no park closures are being discussed.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials with the parks department said they&rsquo;re doing their best to cut unnecessary expenses and uncover new revenue streams, but currently the department has a $500,000 budget shortfall for 2013.</p><p>The budget outlook could get much worse in 2014, and Parks Department Director Tom Ott said they would need to make drastic cuts without adequate funding.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 02:30:02 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4177 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Parks Department business plan shows a $500,000 budget shortfall next year Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-signs-budget-cuts-school-funding <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a state budget that cuts millions of dollars in school funding and public safety spending.</p><p>In one key change to the spending blueprint adopted by the General Assembly in May, Quinn vetoed financing for prisons he wants to close.<br />&nbsp;<br />He announced plans Saturday to try to redirect those funds to the state agency charged with caring for neglected and abused children.<br /> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:39:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4025 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-june-22-2012 <p><strong>Nixon will announce budget cuts today</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to announce today if he&rsquo;ll make any reductions to the state budget &ndash; ending weeks of speculation for university and social service program administrators.</p><p>Nixon this week signed legislation funding public schools and the state departments of health and mental health without making any cuts.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann & Illinois Public Radio 3964 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012 Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/record-funding-k-12-mo-education-budget-still-below-formula-level <p>A new spending plan for K-12 education in Missouri is now law.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed the education budget last night at a Kansas City-area Boys State event.</p><p>The budget includes record funding for public schools, but remains below the levels called for in the state&#39;s education funding formula. A fix was supposed to be a priority for lawmakers in the last legislative session, but the Republican Party couldn&#39;t agree on a solution.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:18:48 +0000 Tim Lloyd 3930 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level