St. Louis Public Radio News
1:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2003

Bush Budget Effects on Missouri & Illinois

Washington, DC – The federal budget that the president sent to Congress yesterday includes $22 million to improve fish and wildlife habitat along the lower Missouri River.

The Missouri River portion of the budget funds habitat establishment all the way to Nebraska.

But to spend tens of millions of dollars on environment projects, the budget drops other projects for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Bush plan also seeks $33 million for environmental restoration of the Mississippi River in both Illinois and Missouri.

His proposed budget for the year beginning October First would put the money into projects on the river where it flows past Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Illinois could get some new money for construction and environmental cleanup under President's Bush's proposed budget for next year.

The $2.3 trillion plan for the year beginning in October includes work on Illinois dams and courthouses. The Army Corps of Engineers could get $171 million to spend in Illinois.

Here's a look at some of the spending President Bush proposed for Missouri in his budget request for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1:

FLOOD CONTROL

-Construction of $8 million on the Blue River basin and channel in Kansas City, Mo.; $2 million for the Meramec River Basin and Valley Park levee; $1.7 million for the Mississippi River between the Ohio and Missouri rivers; $150,000 for Ste. Genevieve; $5 million for Table Rock Lake.

-Engineering and design of $439,000 for flood control in Chesterfield, and about $950,000 for surveys on a handful of other projects.

-About $55 million for regular operations and maintenance at Missouri lakes and reservoirs.

EDUCATION

-To raise student achievement in high-poverty school districts, $187 million, up from $177 million last year.

-Special education grants, $191 million, up from $173 million last year.

-Vocational rehabilitation grants, $58 million, up from $56 million last year.

AGRICULTURE

-School lunch program, $121 million, up from $116 million.

-Special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC), $78 million, up from $76 million.

-Matching grants for food stamp program, $43 million, up from $42 million.

HEALTH

-State Children's Health Insurance Program, $43 million, same funding as last year.

-Medicaid, $3.83 billion, up from $3.47 billion.

-Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, $217 million, same funding as last year.

-Child support enforcement, $81 million, up from $75 million.

-Head Start, $118 million, up from $116 million.