Nixon Opposing Mo. Lawmakers on Cut to Blind Aid
COLUMBIA (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the blind.
The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.
The panel recently voted to eliminate a $30 million program that covers medical care for blind people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The committee instead would provide $6 million for a new, slimmed-down program for the blind.
House Republicans said the reduction was part of their plan to reverse a cut in funding for public colleges and universities that Nixon had proposed.
Both proposals would affect the budget that takes effect July 1.