Mo. panel proposes social services budget cut

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House appropriations committee has proposed trimming $65 million from health and social service programs to boost funding for colleges and universities.

Several House appropriation committees are responsible for examining specific areas of the state budget and then offering recommendations to the House Budget Committee. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the appropriations panel responsible for health, mental health and social services has recommended the $65 million budget cut.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the cut would include eliminating a $28 million Medicaid program for the blind and trimming about $12 million from subsidized child care.

Gov. Jay Nixon said the proposed budget cut was "just plain wrong." He pledged to fight to keep the funding.

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