Nixon signs mid-year budget adjustment

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a mid-year supplemental spending adjustment to the current $26 billion state budget to add money for schools, health care services and overtime costs that weren’t included in the budget approved last year.

Of the supplemental spending plan, worth a total of $464.7 million in state and federal funding, $278.2 million comes from the state’s general checkbook.

The additional spending includes $5.8 million to pay overtime costs for workers at the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

It also provides more than $30 million for public education, including more than $19 million for special education; $4 million for soil and water conservation cost-share grants; and, $4.5 million for programs through the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide care for senior and those with disabilities.

Nixon currently is considering a $27 billion budget plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He already has signed the higher education portion of that blueprint.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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