- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri’s new lieutenant governor says he needs more money for his office’s budget.

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson told the Missouri House Budget Committee Tuesday that he is seeking an additional $125,000 for his budget, which is currently $463,000. He says he would use the money for mileage, another employee and possibly for out of state travel.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2lNuwfP ) Parson’s request comes as Gov. Eric Greitens is planning cuts to nursing homes, higher education and state aid for school busing.

The lieutenant governor’s salary of about $86,600 is the lowest of Missouri’s statewide elected officials and his staff of five employees is the smallest staff.

Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, says to offset some budget constraints, he no longer employs an attorney in the office.



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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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