Missouri lawmakers are ready to get to work crafting the state’s multi-billion dollar operating budget for the coming year.
State Representative Cody Smith of Carthage says the House Budget Committee can get to work crafting its version of the state’s budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year now that they have Governor Mike Parson’s recommendations. The House and Senate will each come up with a version of the budget.
They will then iron out any differences between the two, before sending the finished product to the governor’s desk for his approval. And while the committee has a lot of information already, Smith says the work is only just beginning.
“It’s a laborious, deliberate process, where we spend many hours, sometimes late into the night, early mornings, pouring into line items within the state’s budget, trying to make sure that we’re spending as responsibly and fairly as possible,” says Smith.
It’s expected to take most of the session, which runs through May, to work on the $28 billion dollar budget.