Mo. House panel axes new health education program

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — House budget writers have axed money to expand the number of health care graduates from Missouri's colleges and universities.

The plan put forth by Missouri's higher education institutions had been dubbed "Preparing to Care."

Gov. Matt Blunt had recommended $13.4 million for the program next year.

But House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet eliminated the money. He's concerned the state may not have enough money in a couple of years to continue new programs started today.

Several committee members tried Tuesday to restore the new health education program to the budget by taking money away from college scholarships. But those amendments narrowly failed.

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