Missouri’s state budget for next year has received first-round approval by the State House.
As promised, Republican leaders defunded a program that aids blind Missourians and used the money to erase Governor Jay Nixon’s proposed cuts to Higher Education.
House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey told the chamber he’s no longer willing to cut money from Missouri’s universities and community colleges:
Silvey strikes back at Nixon over criticism of proposed cut to aid for the blind
Silvey said Tuesday that Nixon's administration should contact him to discuss funding education and blind assistance after Nixon completes his "press conferences and campaign rallies."
Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City, sent Nixon a letter after the Democratic governor criticized proposed cuts in programs for the blind at a rally in Columbia.
Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s budget for next year.
Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put $6 million back into it from another source. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) chairs the Budget Committee.
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