Missouri Lieutenant Governor wants office budget increase
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new lieutenant governor said he needs more money for his office's budget.
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson told the Missouri House Budget Committee Tuesday that he is seeking an additional $125,000 for his budget, which is currently $463,000. He says he would use the money for mileage, another employee and possibly for out of state travel.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Parson's request comes as Gov. Eric Greitens is planning cuts to nursing homes, higher education and state aid for school busing.
The lieutenant governor's salary of about $86,600 is the lowest of Missouri's statewide elected officials and his staff of five employees is the smallest staff.
Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, said to offset some budget constraints, he no longer employs an attorney in the office.