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Missouri revenues
5:38 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Missouri Revenues Grow During First Half Of FY2013

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While 2013 began just a few days ago, Missouri's Fiscal Year is now half-over, and so far officials say it's been a good one.


The latest numbers from Governor Jay Nixon's Budget Office show a 7.9 percent increase in revenue collections from July to December, as compared to the same 6-month period a year ago. 


At that time, the Show-Me State had collected around $3.49 billion in revenues.  A year later, collections stand at $3.77 billion.  Budget Director Linda Luebbering credits an improved economy.
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Fiscal Cliff
10:40 am
Tue December 11, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Could Affect Mo. Economy, Budget

Missouri's gross revenue collection in July was up by .6 percent as compared to July 2010.
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If officials in Washington don't reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could see a hit to its economy and budget.

The Federal Funds Information for States estimates Missouri could lose $1 billion of Defense Department spending on contracts and military institutions if federal spending cuts take effect in the new year. The Washington-based organization estimates those automatic cuts also could result in a $125 million reduction in federal grants to state programs, such as public schools and early childhood programs.

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Black Friday 2012
5:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Mo. State Workers To Get Black Friday Off This Year

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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.


The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.

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Mo. State budget
11:25 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Mo. governor signs state budget, cuts higher education again

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $24 billion budget into law, but he also sliced $15 million from next year’s spending plan.

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Missouri revenues
12:01 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Mo. revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent

Missouri’s revenues rose more than expected during the month of May.

The state collected about $6.6 billion in revenue last month, compared to just under $6.4 billion in May of 2011.  Governor Jay Nixon’s Budget Director, Linda Luebbering, credits most of the improvement to higher collections of state income and sales taxes.

“That's the good news, things are picking up,"  Luebbering said.  "I think we do have to be cautious, still, because of what’s going on at the national and particularly the international picture, with European Union issues and everything that's going on globally that could have some bearing on the overall economy.”

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Missouri State Budget
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Mo. plans to refinance more than $500M in debt

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Missouri is planning to refinance more than $500 million of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget.

Nixon's budget proposal for the next fiscal year assumes the state will save $41 million from the debt restructuring.

The governor's budget office says the state already has refinanced $20 million of principal from the debt used to build Mizzou Arena at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Missouri State Budget
11:48 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Missouri revenues falling short of budget

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Halfway through Missouri's budget year, state revenues are sluggish.

The state budget office reported Thursday that Missouri's revenue increased 1.2 percent through the first six months of the 2012 fiscal year. Revenues need to grow at about 2.7 percent to meet the mark set by the budget.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue report was "concerning." But she noted that the revenue could improve in the second half of the budget year. Missouri budgets take effect July 1.

State of Missouri Budget
3:18 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Missouri facing $500M hole in upcoming budget

An interior view of a domed ceiling at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Lawmakers face a $500 million budget gap as they begin their 2012 session Jan. 4.
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Missouri lawmakers will be trying to plug a half-billion-dollar gap in next year's budget when they convene their 2012 session on Wednesday.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says much of the hole is due to a reduction in federal money, such as stimulus funds and Medicaid payments.  However, State Senator David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) suggests that that number is not set in stone.

“There are predictions anywhere from $400 to $900 million, (that could) be our shortfall for this upcoming year," Pearce said.  "How do you fill that?  It’s gonna be tough.” 

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State of Missouri Budget
4:01 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Mo. revenue increases through November, but falling short of expected numbers

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Missouri tax revenues have increased this year but are falling short of what was expected in the state's budget.

The state Office of Administration reported Friday that state revenues through November increased 2 percent, to $2.84 billion from $2.78 billion last year. So far, sales tax collections are up 3.4 percent but corporate income taxes are down 10.7 percent.

Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, August 5, 2011

Missouri's gross revenue collection in July was up by .6 percent as compared to July 2010.
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Mo. Gross Revenue Up Slightly

Missouri’s gross revenue collection in July was up by .6 percent as compared to July 2010.

The revenue increase is driven by strong individual income tax collection, which was up 9.3 percent over the same time last year. Sales taxes remain stagnant, according to state budget director Linda Luebbering. She blames low sales tax collection on a stubbornly high unemployment rate.

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