Unexpected funds help restore home care services and bus cuts

1 month 4 weeks 2 days ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:44:00 PM CST in News
By: Shaletta Norwood, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Gov. Eric Greitens plans to put $11 million back into school transportation and $41 million back into home care and community-based services. 

The state of Missouri received $52 million dollars from a legal settlement and additional federal funding. 

Greitens said in his statement he released, the additional funds will not fix the budget cuts that have been made, but it will help. 

"This will maintain coverage for every patient currently in the program, while giving us time to work to overhaul a broken health care system," Greitens said in his statement.

Jenna Begley, business development specialist for American HomeCare, said home care services received a budget cut of $72 million.

Begley said the previous budget cut scared her, and she hopes the additional funding will make a difference in peoples' lives.

"I don't think what has been happening to patients have been the right thing for Missouri," Begley said. "You're talking about a group of 16 to 20 thousand people here in Missouri it would've affected."

Originally, Greiten proposed a $36 million budget cut in K-12 school transportation.

Brent Ghan, deputy executive for the Missouri School Boards' Association, said the additional funding is helpful, but it won't cover the entire budget cut. 

"It's certainly beneficial, but far from a done deal," Ghan said. "Greitens simply made a recommendation. It still has to go through the general assembly for approval."

Ghan said school districts have to wait and see if the reverse budget cuts come to pass.

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