Illinois Senate OKs $3.8B Spending Bill Amid Budget ImpasseIllinois Senate Democrats passed a $3.8 billion funding bill for colleges and social services Thursday amid Republican objections that the state doesn't have the money to fulfill the proposal's promises.
Missouri Lawmakers Consider Welfare Verification BillThe bill's critics say it's a way to take away people's benefits under the pretense of efficiency and combating fraud.
Possible Mo. Budget Cuts Due Out TodayMissouri universities and social services programs may soon learn whether their budgets will be cut for the upcoming year
Missouri Settles Lawsuit Over Deaf ServicesSettlement provides improved state services
Budget Deadline Drawing Near for Missouri LawmakersHouse and Senate Republicans continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program.
Stalemate Over, Missouri Senate Passes BudgetThe Senate ended a two day gridlock and passed the state's $24 billion budget early Wednesday morning.
Mo. Budget Blocked by Senate ConservativesThe Senate adjourned near midnight after eight hours without a compromise on Missouri's $24 billion budget.
Lawmakers Battle over Health Care CutDemocrats on the committee were irate at the cuts because they said they were not informed about the plan prior to the mark-up Thursday morning.
Cuts Proposed to Illinois Social ServicesGroups are speaking up about proposed cuts to social services.

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