Mo. govenor announces $200M in additional cuts -

Mo. govenor announces $200M in additional cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is cutting an additional $200 million from Missouri's budget and eliminating nearly 700 state employee jobs.

Nixon said the cuts are necessary because of a continued decline in state tax revenues.

The cuts announced Wednesday come on top of $430 million that Nixon eliminated earlier this year. That's out of $23.7 billion budgeted by lawmakers for state operations and capital improvements during the current fiscal year.

The latest round includes the second-semester elimination of state aid for Missouri's online school program. Arts and humanities also will lose half their year's funding; some health care providers will see reductions in their Medicaid payment rates; and the state will stop taking new non-Medicaid clients for certain mental health services.

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