Missouri House panel calls for prison funding cuts

The Missouri House Budget Committee wants the Department of Corrections to make several changes in the way it spends its funding in the next fiscal year.

In a budget proposal released Tuesday, the committee calls for an increase of about $2.7 million to fund overtime for department employees.

That’s about $1 million more than Gov. Jay Nixon requested in his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It also exceeds the amount the department requested.

But the committee’s proposal would also cut about $1.3 million in funding for maintaining the state’s correctional institutions.

The Department of Corrections would also get about $3 million less than the $142 million it requested to pay for inmates’ health care costs.

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