Representative Jon Carpenter represents parts of Gladstone, Oakwood, and the Kansas City Northland in Clay County Missouri. He is also the Minority Caucus Vice-Chair. For more information on our Opinion Section and why we post these updates please click here.
Below are some updates regarding Missouri’s looming budget cuts, as well as the passage of the right-to-work bill. I’ve also included some more legislation I’m co-sponsoring.
UPDATES FROM THE CAPITOL
Governor Greitens proposes new budget
Governor Eric Greitens submitted a $25.58 billion state operating budget for the 2018 fiscal year (which runs from July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018).
Higher education receives the biggest cuts in Greitens’ budget, with a $159 million overall funding reduction. The cuts target both four year public universities as well as community colleges.
As for K-12 schools, the proposed budget would underfund the school foundation formula by approximately $48 million. While this is technically the closest Missouri has gotten to full funding of K-12 schools in more than a decade, it is important to note that last year the state legislature enacted legislation reducing what is considered full funding by about $400 million. The proposed budget also calls for more than $30 million in cuts to school bus transportation funding.
The state legislature is now tasked with actually writing the budget, and can accept, reject, or change any of the Governor’s recommendations. Lawmakers must pass the FY2018 state operating budget by no later than May 5th.
SB 19 passed the Senate and House and now goes to Governor Eric Greitens, a Republican who is expected to sign the measure into law.
Read more about the debate, including some of my remarks, HERE.
HB 685 – Modifies provisions of law relating to the REAL ID act of 2005. Necessary to update licenses to meet federal standards.
HB 636 – Expands Medicaid eligibility in Missouri.