Missouri lawmakers return for budget talks as May 8 deadline looms

The Missouri House of Representatives is back in session this week to address the state budget, the Associated Press reports.

Though Gov. Mike Parson’s stay-at-home order has not been lifted, legislators are gathering to pass a budget by May 8, the constitutional deadline.

Despite the looming deadline, there are still many unknowns for lawmakers to address.

Parson has yet to deliver updated recommendations for his $30 billion spending plan, St. Louis Public Radio reports.

The federal government has not announced guidelines for how stimulus money will be spent.

That means another special budget session will most likely be necessary in the future, House Speaker Elijah Haahr said.

As lawmakers gather, safety precautions are in place at the Capitol, such as temperature checks and recommended face masks.

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