- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A panel of Missouri senators has given approval to spending an additional $120 million this fiscal year.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 in favor of the plan. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon requested the extra money, which primarily is set to pay for rising drug costs under the Medicaid program.

It also includes additional money for foster care for children due to larger caseloads, and overtime for mental health department workers.

Part of the need for the additional spending is because the state had planned on $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.

The measure now goes to the Senate for debate.

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