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Lawmaker: Missourians should get chance to OK budget limiting amendment

If the state Senate agrees with the House, Missourians would be asked in November to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment limiting state spending.

“(Missourians) expect us to use money wisely and, in years of boom, put that money aside so that, in years of decline, that money is available and we don’t have to go through the painful process that we often see,” Rep. Eric Burlison told the Senate’s Ways and Means, and Fiscal Oversight, Committee on Thursday.

“(The amendment) prioritizes the most important programs of the state ... so they continue to receive stable funding (and) helps Missouri make wise decisions, and helps Missouri elected officials make wise decisions with the funds, during those boom (budget) cycles.”

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Burlison did not explain the amendment’s mechanics.

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