Missouri lawmakers leave many budget cuts to governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers ended the legislative session without approving many of the moneysaving ideas they had proposed. Lawmakers considered budget fixes that stretched from revamping the state's pension system to closing prisons.

Some of the proposals were even added to the state's $23.3 billion budget. Only a few of the dozens of proposed ideas were approved before the session ended Friday. Senate leaders say many legislators didn't realize how much trouble Missouri is in financially.

They said many hard budget choices were left in the governor's lap. Gov. Jay Nixon has said he expects to announce additional budget cuts in the coming weeks.

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