The Missouri House Budget Committee has completed its work on the fiscal year 2019 budget which goes into effect July 1, 2018. The Budget Committee has one of the most difficult jobs at the Capitol, deciding how state general revenue and federal matching funds will be spent for the next fiscal year on programs benefitting Missouri citizens.
By way of review, the Missouri budget for 2017 totaled $27.7 billion. The largest spending categories were: social services (33.8%); elementary, secondary and higher education (26.1%); health/mental health (12.9%); and, transportation (8.23%). For other quick facts about where Missouri tax dollars are spent, click here.
The FY 2019 budget, as passed out of committee, includes an appropriation of $6.4 million for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program, which provides state grants to organizations that provide assistance to women facing a crisis pregnancy. Earlier this year, Governor Greitens had recommended a 10% increase in funding for ATA. The House Budget Committee, however, has recommended appropriating this increase (totaling $638,356) to extending funding postpartum care for indigent women undergoing substance abuse treatment to twelve months.