Missouri’s new governor introduced a $27.6 billion budget plan Thursday that offers a slight boost in cash for public schools, but could boot as many as 21,000 elderly and disabled residents out of nursing home and home care programs.
The spending plan also cuts millions from higher education and public school transportation.
Unveiling his first budget blueprint at a preschool in Nixa, Republican Eric Greitens said he is “committed to making the tough decisions necessary to bring high-paying jobs to Missouri while spending our tax dollars more wisely.”
The outline would spend $336 million more than the current budget, but it would not raise taxes and would not offer raises to state workers, who are the lowest-paid in the nation. It would cut 188 positions from the state workforce of about 54,700, which already is at a 20-year low after former Gov. Jay Nixon reduced 5,100 positions over the past eight years.
The state House and Senate have until early May to craft a final budget for Greitens’ approval, rejection or trims.