Missouri Lieutenant Governor wants office budget increase

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Tuesday, February 14 2017 Feb 14, 2017 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:42:00 PM CST February 14, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

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