JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Public health departments in Missouri say lawmakers should not cut their budgets this year.
Gov. Jay Nixon has recommended that local public health departments get about the same amount of money this year as they did in 2010.
Health officials from Independence and Kansas City told members of a House committee this week they are glad Nixon did not recommend cuts. But they say public health departments are barely able to perform their duties -- such restaurant inspections and child vaccinations -- with the same amount of money.
Lawmakers say health departments could look for ways to save money, like sharing services or combining health departments in counties with small populations.
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