Jay Nixon calls budget approved by Mo house "dead wrong"

Mar 28, 2012

That’s because it restores funding for higher education by cutting a health care program for the blind.

The House’s spending plan provides some funding to help the 28-hundred beneficiaries transition to new health care programs. They do not qualify for Medicaid. Nixon says the there’s a 70  percent unemployment rate among the program’s users.

“We had bad budgets, but the budget’s not that bad. There’s a reason why no Legislature’s ever looked at cutting this, no governor has looked at cutting this, and it needs to be fixed in the Senate.”

Nixon would not say whether he would veto a budget that did not include the fix, saying there’s plenty of time before a spending plan must be approved.