Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing the budget plan that he will offer to the legislature next month.
Nixon and budget makers in the House and Senate will attempt to agree on a consensus revenue estimate – a prediction of how much revenue the state will have to work with, on which to base the proposed budget. Last year Nixon and the legislature didn’t agree, but he expects there will be agreement this year.
Two budget priorities will be K-12 and higher education. Nixon already announced in September a plan to keep the state’s colleges and universities from increasing tuition.
Nixon said he also wants to build on the creation of 31 community mental health liaisons, who work with law enforcement to refer people with behavioral problems to programs in which they can receive help.