Lawmakers across the state are continuing to react to Governor Jay Nixon’s 2013 budget proposals. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to State Representative Dean Dohrman:
Dohrman said while there are a lot good programs mentioned, the funding source is a problem. “I looked through there with an eye toward the economy, possible revenue for the state, and so forth and I see an imbalance there,” said Dohrman, “I think the Governor is over projecting our revenue and, even at that, the spending exceeds our income as a state. We really need to get that in balance. That’s our job, but it’s also the right thing to do. We don’t want to saddle Missourians with bills they can’t pay.”
Part of the reason behind the concern stems from the fact that additional money is based on legislation that has not been passed by lawmakers. “Hopefully, at home, we all look at our budgets realistically and decided how much will be coming in and what we can afford to spend and save, “said Dohrman, “That’s what we try to do as a legislature. What’s our realistic income as a state and then how do we divide that up to provide the thing we need.”
A portion of the increased funding would be supported by an expansion of the Medicaid program which is also receiving mixed reaction from both state senators and representatives.
A final balanced budget is due out of Jefferson City no later than the 10th of May.
State Representative Dean Dohrman says while there are a lot good programs mentioned, the funding source is a problem.