Finding a way to make deep state budget cuts as painless as possible to the greatest number of people is proving to be a tough nut to crack for the Missouri House. It’s more than two weeks behind schedule in passing a series of bills that detail which agencies will get how much money. And, that delay is causing some tension in the State Senate. The House usually passes its version of budget bills before Spring break. If the Legislature doesn’t approve a budget by May 10th, it will have to return for a special session – which will cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars it doesn’t have.
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