Less than six weeks remain in the legislative session, and several of Governor Matt Blunt’s (R-MO) priorities remain up in the air. Among them: the overhaul of Missouri’s Medicaid system to what is called Missouri HealthNet and the Lewis & Clark Initiative (PDF) – the proposal to sell about $350-Million in assets of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) – to fund capital improvements on college and university campuses. Blunt also wants to be able to sign legislation eliminating state taxes on Social Security benefits.
Blunt says that while he would like to see these issues dealt with as soon as possible, he is aware the legislative process can be slow at times. The Governor remains optimistic, saying he feels good about the prospects of these proposals clearing the General Assembly in the time remaining. The legislative session comes to a close on Friday, May 18th.