Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proposed a third straight year of cuts to public universities in his state of the state address Thursday night.
The governor's budget plan also assumes savings from the state Medicaid health care program for the poor, a restructuring of state debt and an increase in revenue for overdue taxes.
While the governor was upbeat, his budget director was not. Slow growth, no tax increases and the evaporation of federal stimulus money all equal even more budget cuts.
The biggest hit comes to the Medicaid program, the state-run health care program for low-income people. Almost $192 million is being slashed from Missouri’s Medicaid budget. Most of the money will come from paying doctors less. The state claims it won’t hurt Medicaid patients.