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Mo. Senate defends blind benefits

Date: April 25, 2012
By: Mark Hodges
State Capitol Bureau

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After an early morning vote by the Senate to restore funding for blind Missourians, the move is already under attack by the House Budget Chair.
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Wrap: Missouri's Senate revised the state budget to restore the ten million dollars in healthcare benefits for people who are blind.

The Senate passed the budget after Republican senators stalled for nearly two days.

Chris Gray is the executive director for the Missouri Council of the Blind and says he's happy with the decision.

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Description: "There are nearly three thousand blind Missourians who would have been affected if this cut had gone through. We couldn't stand by and let it happen if it could be stopped."
 

Republican House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey proposed the cuts.
 
He says the Senate is being fiscally irresponsible.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges.

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The House Budget Chair says the Senate's early morning vote to restore funding for Missouri's blind residents is fiscally irresponsible.
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Wrap: Missouri's Senate revised the state budget to restore ten million dollars in healthcare benefits for people who are blind.

Representative Ryan Silvey originally proposed the cuts.

He says the Senate irresponsibly unbalanced the budget.

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Description: "The only thing that they got accomplished was spending an extra ten million dollars that they didn't have, so... we'll talk about that as we go into conference."

A representative for the Missouri Council of the Blind says keeping those benefits will end up saving the state money in the long run.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mark Hodges.


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