blind http://kbia.org en Missouri Council of the Blind trying to establish Columbia chapter http://kbia.org/post/missouri-council-blind-trying-establish-columbia-chapter <p>The Missouri Council of the Blind hopes to foster improvements for the visually impaired in Columbia by establishing a new chapter. The council hopes to identify key people in the community and&nbsp; is searching for leaders to run the Columbia council. With MU being a large part of the state Columbia community, executive director of the Council of the Blind, Chris Gray says the chapter would benefit the area. Thu, 24 May 2012 21:01:29 +0000 Nicole Krasavage 14739 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers to continue to provide funding for blind pension program http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-continue-provide-funding-blind-pension-program <p>Missouri budget negotiators have agreed to keep a program that provides health coverage for the blind, but they&#39;ve also attempted to attach some strings. Thu, 10 May 2012 13:43:55 +0000 Associated Press 13897 at http://kbia.org Blind program cuts still cause for debate http://kbia.org/post/blind-program-cuts-still-cause-debate <p>A State Senate panel spent several hours Wednesday putting together their version of Missouri&rsquo;s state budget for next year.&nbsp; But the fate of a program for blind residents is still up in the air. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:53:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 11867 at http://kbia.org Blind program cuts still cause for debate Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-gives-initial-approval-2013-budget <p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.&nbsp; As St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:56:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10937 at http://kbia.org Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget Politicians tussle over health care for the blind http://kbia.org/post/politicians-tussle-over-health-care-blind <p>Governor Jay Nixon told reporters yesterday that lawmakers in Jefferson City are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of some of the state&#39;s neediest: poor blind people.&nbsp;But members of the House budget committee said cuts to health care for blind&nbsp;Missourians&nbsp;are necessary to pay for higher education, which the governor wants to trim.&nbsp;</p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:51:47 +0000 Jacob Fenston 10541 at http://kbia.org Politicians tussle over health care for the blind Nixon asks House to fund healthcare for blind http://kbia.org/post/nixon-asks-house-fund-healthcare-blind <p>Governor Jay Nixon is calling on the Missouri House to restore health care funding for low income blind people, after a committee voted last week to cut the program from next year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:22:20 +0000 Jacob Fenston 10490 at http://kbia.org Nixon asks House to fund healthcare for blind House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars http://kbia.org/post/house-budget-would-cut-services-blind-restore-higher-education-dollars <p>Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state&#39;s budget for next year.&nbsp; Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put 6 million back into it from another source.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:01:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10182 at http://kbia.org House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars