Senate Proposes Funding for Medicaid Expenses, New Voter ID Law

Apr 6, 2017

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The Missouri Senate passed a proposal Wednesday to spend about $241 million more than planned for the current fiscal year on unexpected expenses, of which about $44 million comes from state general revenue.

Senators voted unanimously in favor of the supplemental budget, which now goes back to the House for final approval.

Most of the money comes from federal funds, and most will go toward unexpected Medicaid expenses. The state has also allocated about $10 million to the Department of Transportation for vehicle replacements and equipment improvements.

In addition, the proposal also adds $80,000 for a new law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at polls, with some exceptions. The state must pay for identification for those who don't already have adequate IDs.