JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri state leaders face a two billion dollar problem as they crunch numbers for the 2015 budget. That's the difference in revenue estimates from the governor's office and House lawmakers. Governor Jay Nixon expects to have $27 billion to spend, while the more conservative House number comes in at $25 billion. Normally, the two work together to agree on projected revenue.
"During the negotiations of that difference, the governor's office walked out so we decided to go ahead and take our number, our lower number to appropriate from," said Representative Tome Flanigan, Missouri District 163.
Lawmakers are still in the preliminary stages of the budget process and aren't expected to vote on the new numbers for several weeks.
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