Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, says welfare reform adopted last year in Missouri has resulted in “substantial” savings that could be put into a MoDOT funding program to help pay for roads and bridges.
Schaefer blames welfare spending for funding shortages to some state departments and says Medicaid is “eating up every single dollar of growth” the state has. Missouri, he says, could use the savings from Medicaid reform to leverage smaller transportation projects.
Gov. Jay Nixon said paying for the state’s infrastructure needs with general revenue is a budget gimmick, and not a long-term solution. The welfare reforms enacted at the beginning of this year became law in spite of his veto, which the legislature voted to overturn.
State lawmakers have not reached a consensus on how to pay for the state’s infrastructure needs.
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