Nixon budget plan includes 800 jobs cut

College, university budgets to be cut 12 percent

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, touted an increase in funding to schools during his annual State of the State address to the Missouri Legislature.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, touted an increase in funding to schools during his annual State of the State address to the Missouri Legislature. Photo by The Associated Press.

Gov. Jay Nixon's budget plan for the state's next business year cuts another 800 jobs from the state's workforce and trims college and university budgets by more than 12 percent.



But Nixon proposed a 2 percent across-the-board pay raise for all state employees, beginning next Jan. 1.



During his 53-minute State of the State address Tuesday night, Nixon told a joint session of Missouri's Legislature that his balanced budget will help "keep moving Missouri forward."



But Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, questioned the governor's claim his budget proposal is balanced.



Schaefer said lawmakers would have to go through Nixon's plan, "line-by-line," to see where they can agree with Nixon and where they'll change the budget.



Schaefer also said the higher education cuts are too deep, if Missouri wants to rely on education to help the state move forward.

And he wants to know more about where the state job cuts will come from before deciding if they're needed.

For expanded coverage, see our newspaper or e-Edition for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

Online:

Archived video of Gov. Nixon's 2012 State of the State address

Earlier online coverage:

Nixon proposes higher ed cut, touts economy

Text of Gov. Nixon's State of the State address

GOP response to Nixon's State of the State address

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