So far, about 200 employees at the Missouri National Guard have been furloughed and more could be on the way if a deal isn’t reached in the coming days.
One state department that would face potentially severe consequences of a government shutdown would be the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Missouri tax revenues rose slightly last month, thanks to solid growth in income tax collections.
Missouri’s finances could take a $60 million annual hit because of a recent 2 percentage point increase in federal Social Security payroll taxes, according to the state’s budget director.
Figures released Friday by the Office of Administration show net general collections totaled $3.77 billion from July through December.
The governor plans to use the figures to bolster his argument that the state should embrace a key part of President Obama’s health care law.
Project also includes work at Supreme Court building
A billion-dollar bump to the budget may seem to contradict the hullabaloo about the state’s tight finances.
State budget director Linda Luebbering says much of the hole is due to a reduction in federal money, such as stimulus funds and Medicaid payments.
Missouri could take money from its student loan authority to help finance the governor’s agenda for higher education.