Thursday, March 23, 2023

Play

A proposed flavored tobacco ban is back on the table in Minnesota, Trump attorney Evan Corcoran must testify in the documents probe, and a "clean slate" bill in Missouri would make "expungement" automatic.

Play

The Fed raises interest rates and reassures the banking system is sound, Norfolk Southern reaffirms a commitment to the people of East Palestine, and TikTok creators gather at the Capitol to support free expression.

Play

Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Budget Cuts Wrong Medicine For Ailing MO Economy?

Play

Wednesday, March 25, 2009   

Jefferson City, MO - Sparks will be flying this week, as lawmakers debate the House version of the state budget. The Missouri House Budget Committee has proposed deep cuts that some say will unnecessarily harm thousands of Missourians and leave unmatched federal dollars on the table.

The long list of possible cuts that could affect 70,000 Missourians includes Medicaid, mental health services, child care for low-income families, even clothing and diapers for foster children. Members of the House Budget Committee say the cuts are about thinking long-term, and they want stimulus dollars spent on a one-time tax rebate or on construction projects.

Amy Blouin, executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, says the deep cuts are unnecessary and there is plenty of money to go around, with more than one billion dollars in federal money remaining.

"Only about 200 million of it would be needed to restore health, mental health, and social services. There's a lot of room left there, a lot of wiggle room."

Blouin says the state stands to forfeit more than 160 million dollars in federal matching funds which are meant to prevent cuts to critical services during an economic downturn and to maintain and create jobs that will stimulate the economy. She says that by failing to take advantage of the funds, Missouri could worsen its budget problems.

"We are probably going to be falling behind other states in our recovery, and we are likely to see our tax revenue go to other states."

Members of the House Budget Committee continue to comment on how this budget is extremely complicated for everyone involved.

Blouin says if the House version of the budget passes, Missouri could also lose about 3,700 additional jobs. Once approved, it will move on to the Senate for debate.

More information is online at www.mobudget.org


get more stories like this via email

In 2020, 35% of Idaho mothers had Medicaid at the time of their child's birth. (WavebreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

With concerning trends emerging for pregnant and postpartum women, frustration is growing that Idaho lawmakers could end the session without …


Health and Wellness

Health advocates are promoting a package of bills this legislative session to make health care easier to get - and more affordable. The Care 4 All …

Social Issues

A new study from the University of New Hampshire found New England's LGBTQ+ residents experience higher rates of food insufficiency, the measure of …


According to the Center for American Progress, nearly nine in 10 employers, four in five landlords, and three in five colleges use background checks to screen for applicants' criminal records. (Yurii Kibalnik/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A large percentage of Missourians who could to have their criminal records "expunged" have not done so, despite the effects expungement -- referred …

Social Issues

A person's work personnel file can be important to review, but some Washingtonians are finding them hard to obtain. A bill in Olympia would ensure …

The most recent Farm Bill covered areas such as agricultural conservation, trade and foreign food assistance, farm credit and research. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

The U.S. Farm Bill is up for reauthorization, and Congress faces calls to avoid any delays so certain programs can keep helping farmers and consumers …

Social Issues

Youth advocates continue to sound the alarm over the impact flavored tobacco products have on teenagers, and hope Minnesota lawmakers take another …

Environment

As wildfire seasons in Colorado and across the American West become longer, less predictable and increasingly destructive, a new report aims to …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021