Legislature To Debate How To Spend $80 Million Windfall

The Missouri Legislature will debate how to spend a windfall of $80 million during this year’s budget discussions.

On the table is $80 million, which had been set aside to help fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the next two years, in case congressional gridlock blocked the state from receiving additional federal funding. A government shutdown in January further endangered the program’s future.

Now that full federal funding has resumed, there are competing visions over what to do with the state money that had been set aside.

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