- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
The Missouri Legislature is back in session, and it's an election year. This is a combination that means we will be hearing a great deal about ways to spend our tax dollars. Already Gov. Matt Blunt and various legislators have suggested funding increases for anti-smoking campaigns, saving dairy farmers, highways, public schools and colleges, expanded MO Health Net coverage, the Department of Corrections and higher Medicaid reimbursement to doctors -- just in the last week or so.
Missouri has managed to operate with a surplus since Gov. Matt Blunt took office, and some of the proposed increased spending would dip into those reserves. But the economic future is uncertain. Let's hope everyone in government is looking at the budget process with the understanding that those reserves might be needed to maintain existing programs.
The legislature has until May to make a final determination on the budget. By then we should have a clearer picture of where the economy is heading.