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Nixon calls for $131 million in new disability spending

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will propose $131 million in new spending for developmental disabilities research and care in next year's budget.

Nixon said Tuesday that the additional state and federal money would pay for 100 new health care providers over the next five years. Providers also would see a 3 percent rate increase.

The money would pay for a new autism center at Truman State University. And it would cover expansions at the Mercy Kids Autism Center in the St. Louis region and the University of Missouri's Thompson Center for Autism. Thompson Center officials estimate they could accommodate 2,000 more visits annually.

Nixon says he's confident lawmakers will support the proposals.

He will present his full budget before Wednesday's State of the State address.

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