Missouri Seniors Face Severe Funding Cuts From Senate Recommendations

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“This week, the Missouri Senate Budget Committee proposed significant cuts to the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services and Health and Senior Services that in total will exceed $130 million in the FY 2016 budget. This action comes at a time when Missouri’s overall financial situation is getting stronger, particularly in light of the fact that tax collections for the year indicate that the State will have $80 million more in revenues than were available for last year’s budget.

These across-the-board cuts represent an unwarranted meat-axe approach to the budgeting process that will significantly damage core programs currently provided by the State to some of its most vulnerable citizens.

As the state’s premier advocate and resource for older Missourians, we strongly oppose cuts that will curtail the home-delivered meals program for seniors; investigations regarding elder abuse and financial exploitation; inspections of hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities serving the health needs of seniors; cutbacks in funding for mental health services and facilities; and cuts in programs that serve the needs of men and women who have the primary responsibility for the nutrition, health and safety of children.

To view MA4’s complete statement regarding suggested Missouri Senate cuts, please click the following link:

http://www.ma4web.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/MA4-STATEMENT-Budget-20151.doc

To view Governor Jay Nixon’s letter regarding these same proposed cuts, Please click the following link:

http://www.ma4web.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/gov_nixon_budget_letter_april_10_2015_0.pdf

 

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