Fox4KC.com -- (1/22/2018) Governor Eric Greitens outlined his budget proposal at a news conference in the Governor’s Office Monday afternoon.
According to Greitens, his budget proposal includes increases in funding for infrastructure, education, public safety, and programs to protect Missouri’s most vulnerable children.
The increase in funding will mean cuts to higher education funding as will Medicaid spending, and other smaller reductions in government spending.
Greitens proposed a 7.7 percent decrease in funding for higher education.
“The budget we’re introducing today is a common-sense, conservative budget. We’re watching out for the tax dollars of the people of Missouri, making important investments in Missouri’s future, and also making tough decisions to make sure we don’t burden our children with debt,” said Governor Greitens in his news release.
“Our budget increases funding for our priorities: infrastructure, education, public safety, and protecting our most vulnerable children. We’re able to afford those investments by making tough choices, protecting every taxpayer dollar, and eliminating wasteful spending.”
Included in the Governor’s proposals are:
– $87 million increase in funding for K-12 education.
– $162.8 million increase in funding for roads and bridges.
– $25 million for a Jobs and Infrastructure fund to pay for key infrastructure projects that will attract jobs.
– More than $29 million in new funding for programs that assist Missouri’s most vulnerable children.
Greitens also fielded questions on his affair with a woman in March 2015. The governor admitted to the affair but denied the woman’s claim to her now ex-husband that Greitens took a partially nude photo of her and threatened to release it if she spoke about their relationship.
The ex-husband recorded the conversation. In the recording, the now ex-wife gives her then-husband details of her sexual encounter with Greitens. The unidentified woman did not know her then-husband was recording their conversation when she confessed to him.
“There was no blackmail. There was no violence. There was no photograph for blackmail. There was no threat of using a photograph for blackmail,” said Greitens. “The mistake that I made was that I was engaged in a consensual relationship. It is a mistake for which I am deeply sorry. For Sheena and I that is where the story begins and ends.”
That budget summary can be found here: https://oa.mo.gov/sites/default/files/FY_2019_Budget_Summary.pdf.