The governor says he and the legislature have agreed on a revenue projection to base the budget on, but at least one chamber says that’s not the case.
Such agreement – called a Consensus Revenue Estimate – is usually publicly announced, but that hasn’t happened and a state House staffer says that chamber hasn’t agreed to one. Still, Governor Jay Nixon (D) told reporters this morning.
“We agreed to that number weeks ago. This year 2.8 and next year 4.1,” said Nixon.
Those projections – that Missouri will end Fiscal Year 2016 with 2.8-percent growth in revenue, and that it will experience 4.1 percent growth in Fiscal Year 2017 – are what Nixon says the budget proposal he will reveal Wednesday will be based on.
“We’re stacking our budget up with what the staffs felt was the correct number,” said Nixon.
Nixon will unveil his budget when he gives the State of the State Address, Wednesday night. That and the Republican response can be viewed live on Missourinet.com.
Calls to see if the Senate has agreed to an estimate had not been returned before this story was posted.