Bills filed on controversial topics garner much of the media attention, but some of the most important work of the General Assembly is quietly conducted in committees that review the tax revenue and federal dollars available to the state and prepare a budget for spending that money among the myriad of programs and services provided by state government.
Governor Nixon’s proposed budget involves over $27.3 billion dollars. However, well over half of this money comes from federal funds and other sources, such as a tax hospitals impose on themselves to fund health care for the needy.
The Office of Budget and Planning provides technical support to legislators in preparing each year’s budget. Visit Budget Planning to review the proposed 2017 state budget. The information includes pie charts and other graphics to help the layperson obtain a basic understanding of the state budget.