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Missouri’s Senate President Says Medicaid and Social Services Already Consume 46 Percent of State Operating Budget

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Missouri State Capitol. Photo from the Office of Administration, Office of the Commissioner.

The Missouri Senate chairman says the state’s operating budget has grown from $ 21 billion a decade ago to $ 34 billion today. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) tells our Sullivan partner KTUI that the Medicaid expansion is too expensive. He says the State Department of Social Services (DSS) budget continues to grow:

The Senate and Missouri House of Representatives have approved separate state operating budgets of $ 34 billion, and they NEVER include funding for the expansion of Medicaid. House and Senate negotiators will meet in Jefferson City next week to work out compromises. The state constitution requires Missouri lawmakers to approve a balanced budget by next Friday.

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Robert Dunfee