- Missing Jackson woman found dead in Bollinger County pond (06/23/16)4
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Village of Zalma must disincorporate, law says (06/23/16)5
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Witness says he saw suspect kill his best friend (06/24/16)
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
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.