Missouri governor cuts $146 million; colleges take hit

     (AP) – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is cutting $146 million

of spending from the budget, including tens of millions of dollars to public

colleges and universities.

     The Republican governor said the cuts announced Monday are necessary to keep

the budget in balance because of lower than expected tax revenues and rising

costs in certain programs such as Medicaid.

     The cuts come just one week after Greitens took office and a day before he is

to deliver his first State of the State address. They come on top of about $200

million of spending restrictions made by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

     The latest cuts include $56 million from the core budgets of public

universities, nearly $12 million from community colleges and almost $9 million

in busing aid for public K-12 school districts.


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