ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has reversed plans to cut the amount of money paid by the state to blind residents.

Nixon said he ordered the Department of Social Services today to drop plans to reduce the benefits paid under the blind pension program.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the program offers monthly pension-like payments.

The publication reported earlier today that the department had told all 3,847 people receiving the pension checks to expect a $33-a-month cut in January. The cut was estimated to save the state $730,000.

The department had said the cuts were necessary because payments were exceeding the property tax revenues collected by the fund. State law calls for benefits to be reduced when that happens.

Nixon said he would instead ask the legislature to approve a supplemental budget appropriation for the program when it convenes in January.

This story was updated at 4 p.m.

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