Republicans and Nixon don't agree on how to supply funding
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget faces two big hurdles as lawmakers begin the process of crafting next year's spending plan.
Republican lawmakers said this week they are concerned about approving a supplemental budget request for this year as the governor withholds money from some priorities.
Nixon asked to spend $140 million from the general revenue fund in his supplemental budget request. Most of the money is for current Medicaid needs, including higher drug costs.
Budget committee chairman and Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says lawmakers are unlikely to give Nixon money when he's withholding other funds.
Nixon also wants more money for public schools and other spending for the next budget. That money is based primarily on Medicaid expansion, which Republican leaders called a 'nonstarter.'