Foster kids, seniors affected in Missouri budget proposal
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.