Missouri Gov.-elect Greitens to make budget cuts

     (AP) – Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens will

make budget cuts after he takes office.

     Greitens’ senior adviser Austin Chambers announced plans for budget cuts

Thursday but declined to provide further details, including how much spending

previously approved by lawmakers the next governor will restrict.

     Greitens takes office Jan. 9. He replaces outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon,

who was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

     Chambers says Greitens’ top priorities will be jobs, ethics reform, public

safety and education. He supports policies such as a right-to-work law to

prohibit mandatory union fees and banning all lobbyist gifts to elected


     Chambers also said Greitens next week will announce his pick for chief

operating officer, a new position he’s creating. Chambers says the chief

operating officer is a businessperson.


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