Foster kids, seniors affected in Missouri budget proposal

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, April 06 2015 Apr 6, 2015 Monday, April 06, 2015 12:49:45 PM CDT April 06, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon's top budget official said a Senate proposal would cut funding and hurt services for seniors, those with mental disabilities and foster kids.

The Senate was scheduled to debate the budget starting Tuesday. The proposal included cuts from House recommendations to the three departments that account for nearly half of the state's total budget.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer said the social services, mental health and health and senior services departments need to be more efficient.

Budget director Linda Luebbering said the departments are dealing with increased caseloads and costs and need more money to provide services.

 

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