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Missouri governor cuts $146 million; colleges take hit

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry)

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is cutting $146 million dollars from the budget, primarily targeting the state's colleges and universities.

$11 million is being sliced from community college funding and $55 million from four-year schools.

Additionally, $8 million is being cut from transportation funding from the Department of Education.

Greitens says his main priorities are funding public safety and K-12 education.

"Not a single penny will come out of our K through 12 classrooms," Greitens said in a recorded statement released on social media.

The new governor says the current state budget isn't balanced and revenues are declining.

Democrats reacted angrily to the higher education cuts.

"It hurts me in my heart that our governor would think so little of public education and college and community college," said State Representative Bob Burns, from South St. Louis County.

The cuts come just one week after Greitens took office and a day before he is to deliver his first State of the State address. They come on top of about $200 million of spending restrictions made by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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