Lawmakers divided on consulting fees proposed in budget

Gov. Eric Greitens’ $29 billion state budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July includes $7 million in consulting fees to find efficiencies within the Office of Administration. Missouri lawmakers have offered mixed views on the plan to spend millions on outside consultants.

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, cited a desire to raise pay for the state’s existing employees and said the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, chair of the House Budget Committee, says he strongly agrees with a comment from Rep. David Gregory, R-St. Louis, who says the consultant fees could save the state $700 million. They say lawmakers must ensure the suggestions received by the consultants can be acted upon.

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