Missouri budget plan cuts social programs, makes major shift

April 6, 2015 11:29 PM

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The Missouri Senate plans to debate on Tuesday a budget proposal that cuts spending for seniors, people with mental illness and foster children as well as making a major policy change — it budgets lump sum amounts that state departments could allocate rather than specific amounts for each program.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal creates lump sum grants for most services within the Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Department of Health and Senior Services.

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