Missouri State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. revenues higher than expected for 2012 budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-revenues-higher-expected-2012-budget <p>Missouri closed out its 2012 fiscal year with slightly better-than-expected revenues. But that doesn&#39;t necessarily translate to a budget surplus.<br />&nbsp;<br />Figures released Tuesday show Missouri had more than $7.3 billion in general revenues during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That&#39;s up more than 3.2 percent compared with the 2011 fiscal year. And it&#39;s also better than the 2.7 percent growth rate upon which the budget had been based. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 03:25:23 +0000 The Associated Press 4051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. revenues higher than expected for 2012 budget Mo. Sen. committee proposes fix for blind pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-sen-committee-proposes-fix-blind-pensions <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12Info/comm/APRP.htm">Budget writers</a> in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions.</p><p>The plan announced by <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem19.htm">Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer&nbsp;</a>(R, Columbia)&nbsp;would use&nbsp;$18 million in federal Medicaid&nbsp;money to create a new blind pension health care fund.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re gonna add language that everyone in that program has to go through Medicaid eligibility, so that we determine who is Medicaid eligible and who&rsquo;s not&hellip;that&rsquo;s the first threshold,&quot;&nbsp;Schaefer said.&nbsp; &quot;The second is we&rsquo;re gonna put in language to establish a premium.&rdquo; Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:03:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3464 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Sen. committee proposes fix for blind pensions Morning headlines: Thursday, April 5, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-april-5-2012 <p>Good morning! Here are a couple of the stories we&#39;ve followed this morning to get you started:</p><p><strong>Relatives of teen killed by police want answers</strong></p><p>Relatives of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed by St. Louis County police are disputing police claims that the teen had a gun when he was shot. The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Glasgow Village area of north St. Louis County.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:28:52 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 3433 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, April 5, 2012 Mo. Senate budget plan spares education, but cuts state worker pay hikes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-budget-plan-spares-education-cuts-state-worker-pay-hikes <p>Budget hearings have begun in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>, and already there are notable differences&nbsp;with the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">House </a>in where that chamber wants to make cuts.</p><p>While the House budget would give state workers earning less than&nbsp;$70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem19.htm">&nbsp;Kurt Schaefer </a>(R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:59:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3426 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate budget plan spares education, but cuts state worker pay hikes Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowell-threatens-derail-state-budget-approval-over-one-time-monies <p>One day after the Missouri House gave first-round approval to the state budget, a state Senator is threatening to derail the entire budget process.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm">Jason Crowell </a>(R,&nbsp;Cape Girardeau)&nbsp;is objecting&nbsp;to the use of one-time sources of money to plug holes in the FY2013&nbsp;budget.&nbsp; He singled out both Democratic <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>and House GOP leaders for plans to divert $40 million from a federal mortgage settlement to the state&rsquo;s Higher Education budget. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:59:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies Mo. House debating FY2013 state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-debating-fy2013-state-budget <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> is debating all 13 bills this afternoon that make up the state&rsquo;s proposed budget for next year.</p><p>Lawmakers are offering up several amendments to the budget &ndash; one in particular would have shifted $150,000 from the state&rsquo;s biodiesel fund to Alzheimer&rsquo;s patients.&nbsp; It was sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=083">State&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;Tracy McCreery </a>(I,&nbsp;Olivette). Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:50:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3310 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House debating FY2013 state budget Mo. Senate passes FY2012 budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-fy2012-budget <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has passed the state budget for next year.</p><p>The Senate&rsquo;s $23.2 billion spending plan cuts the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.dhe.mo.gov/">higher education </a>budget by&nbsp;4.8 percent, and provides an additional $20 million for school bus funding.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem19.htm">Kurt Schaefer </a>(R, Columbia) sponsored the budget bills in the Senate. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:19:56 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1004 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes FY2012 budget Mo. House passes $23B budget for next fiscal year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-23b-budget-next-fiscal-year <p>Missouri&rsquo;s state budget for next year has been passed by the <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/default.aspx">State House</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The $23 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2012 holds current K-12 funding levels in place while cutting funds for higher education by seven percent. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:02:10 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes $23B budget for next fiscal year Mo. House begins debate on FY 2012 state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-begins-debate-fy-2012-state-budget <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has started debating the $23 billion state budget for next year.</p><p>The tone of the debate continues to be mild, with Democrats holding the view that there&rsquo;s not much money to fight over. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 03:25:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House begins debate on FY 2012 state budget Mo. House committee quickly passes state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-quickly-passes-state-budget <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=011">House Budget Committee</a> has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri&rsquo;s state budget for Fiscal Year 2012.</p><p>The process of voting 13 budget bills out of committee is often raucous and can take several days to do.&nbsp; This year, it only took an hour, with each budget bill passing overwhelmingly. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:53:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House committee quickly passes state budget