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Missouri budget falls short, will cut $45 million from school buses, Metro

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(KMOV) -- Missouri's state tax revenue is still falling.

Gov. Jay Nixon cut $45 million from the budget today, including aid to school buses and Metro.

The cuts will take away $8 million in school bus funding, $5 million from the Parents as Teachers program and $4 million from Metro.

The money that was supposed to help keep the buses and trains running has gone dry because the last payment out of a $12 million dollar package is now gone.

A Metro spokesperson said they don't want to disrupt any service, but the cut does mean it won't be business as usual. They said the only positions that will be filled will be ones such as operators, mechanics and those involved in restoring service on the street. Fixes to buildings and infastructure, costing $1.8 billion, will not be fixed now.

Metro will get funding later this year from Prop A, which was approved by voters this month. Metro is also considering taking a $1.8 million loan offered by St. Clair county to help them through the next six months.

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