JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Advocates for Missouri programs and services that receive money from the state are defending their projects as lawmakers consider next year’s budget.

Missouri senators were hearing testimony from the public Tuesday about the budget that will take effect in July.

Some of those testifying said they hope their programs will be spared from cuts in funding. Lawmakers are anticipating a budget deficit of several hundred million dollars.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, says it’s important for lawmakers to understand how people are affected by various state programs and services.

Work on the new budget begins in earnest this week. Several budget panels are meeting, and Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to release his proposed spending plan Wednesday.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press


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