Nixon: More cuts coming to Mo. gov't

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More cuts are coming to Missouri government because of declining tax revenue. Gov. Jay Nixon says preliminary revenue figures from February make it clear that officials "will need to downsize the scope of state government." The governor said Monday he plans meetings with House and Senate leaders this week about lowering the state's revenue projections. Through January, Missouri's revenue were down 12.5 percent from the previous year. Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Rob Mayer got a briefing last week from Nixon. Mayer says it appears February revenues may be even worse. Missouri's budget runs through June. In January, state officials projected a 6.4 percent decline in revenue this fiscal year, with 3.6 percent growth in 2011.

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