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Politically Speaking: House Budget Chairman Cody Smith On Missouri’s Spending Priorities

State Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, is the chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Tim Bommel I House Communications
State Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, is the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

State Rep. Cody Smith is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Carthage Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue about his role as House Budget chairman — and his thoughts on overhauling Missouri’s criminal justice system.

Smith was first elected to the Missouri House in 2016 in a district encompassing parts of Jasper County in southwest Missouri. He became Budget chairman after his predecessor, Scott Fitzpatrick, was appointed as state treasurer.

Here’s what Smith talked about the program:

  • Smith discussed some of the pressures that could challenge the budget, including a lawsuit filed against the Department of Corrections that may cost the state roughly $100 million.
  • He talked about the inability of the House, Senate and governor to come up with a consensus revenue estimate for the fiscal 2021 budget. Smith said there was disagreement among the parties about how much money is expected to come into the state.
  • With a ballot initiative looming, Smith provided his take on how Medicaid expansion could affect the budget-writing process. 
  • Smith explained why he was interested in criminal justice reform. He was the handler of legislation passed last year that made changes to some mandatory minimum sentences.

Smith represents the 163th District, which takes in parts of Carthage, Carl’s Junction and Oronogo. 
Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonogue

Follow Cody Smith on Twitter: @cody4mo

Music: “2112: Overture” by Rush

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