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State Senate Ready To Draft Budget

A Missouri Senate panel is preparing to draft its plan for the roughly $25 billion dollar state operating budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions between the department and Republican senators over new driver’s license procedures.

The House passed its budget plan in late March, leaving out Governor Jay Nixon’s proposal to take federal money to add nearly three hundred thousand Missouri adults to the state’s Medicaid rolls. The Senate Appropriations Committee also voted against Nixon’s plan last month.

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