JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Several health care and family services groups are asking Missouri lawmakers not to cut their budgets any deeper in the coming fiscal year. They say they’re already doing more with less and it’s getting harder to keep up with the demand for services. Groups dealing with everything from family mediation to public health told members of a House appropriations committee Tuesday that their funding has not gone up for several years. They said more people need to use their services now because of the economic downturn, even though the state has less money to pay for those services. Lawmakers asked the groups to look for ways to save money either by sharing resources or combining agencies. They also asked if the agencies could get more money from local governments.
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