Governor Outlines FY 2020 Budget Priorities

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During Wednesday's State of the State address, Governor Parson laid out his budget priorities for FY 2020. Along with proposals to increase funding for workforce development and infrastructure, he has proposed $37 million for the Show-Me Healthy Babies program, a significant increase from 2019. This program helps provide medical care for the unborn children of women without health insurance. He also proposed maintaining current funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program of $6.4 million, and $2.5 million to promote healthy marriages. His budget includes funding of $41.1 million for the A+ Scholarship program, which provides grants for public and private high school students to attend community college after graduation.
 
The governor proposed increased funding for elementary and secondary education while keeping higher education funding the same as FY 2019. He proposes a salary increase of three percent for state workers, who are currently some of the lowest paid state workers in the country. His proposal on funding for healthcare did not include expanding Medicaid, which the Missouri General Assembly has failed to seriously consider since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. His proposal will now be vetted by the Missouri House and Senate. The Missouri General Assembly has until the first week of May to approve and pass the budget.

January 18, 2019 - 2:01pm
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