$500M cuts needed to proposed 2011 budget

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says about $500 million will need to be trimmed from his Missouri budget proposal for next year and he's offering some suggestions. Nixon has been meeting with Republican and Democratic legislators to warn them about the budget shortfall.

The gap is due partly to lower than expected state tax revenues, but also to uncertainty over federal funding for Missouri. On Saturday, Nixon told reporters that Missouri might be able to save some money by consolidating buildings, vehicles and agencies.

He says another possibility for savings could be privatizing the collection of child support payments. The governor says he hopes to make more announcements about Missouri's revenue and budget issues by next Thursday.

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