Missouri House Republicans propose cuts instead of stimulus

JEFFERSON CITY | Republican House budget leaders are proposing to cut spending for social services rather than use federal economic stimulus dollars.

Budget details made public Friday show Republicans are seeking to cut public health programs, substance abuse treatment and inspectors for hospitals and nursing homes, among other things.

Missouri is expected to receive more than $4 billion in federal stimulus money.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet, of Wildwood, wants to use that only for one-time purposes, such as construction or a tax rebate. He fears spending it for ongoing programs would lead to larger cuts when the money runs out.

House Democrats say one of the purposes of the federal money was to help shore up state budgets.