Mo. Budget Director preps for government shut down
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Mo. Budget Director preps for government shut down

Date: September 30, 2013
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

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The federal government's inability to pass a yearly budget doesn't mean the state of Missouri can do the same thing. Budget planners at the state Capitol are looking ahead to what could happen if the federal government shuts down.
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Wrap: The gridlock in Washington will have far-reaching impacts across the country including here in Missouri. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says it's not all bad news - a lot of the federally funded programs will continue.

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Description: "The largest federal programs that we have - Medicaid for example, food stamps - are not subject to annual appropriation. So those programs continue and the federal funding for those programs continue."

For the programs that are subject to getting annual approval - the state has enough federal money to keep them going for another couple weeks - but if the shutdown lasts longer those programs might have to end.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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State budget planners are preparing for a sudden stop in some federal funds if the federal government shuts down at midnight.
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Wrap: Gridlock in Washington is making states look a little harder at some federally funded programs. Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the big programs like Medicaid and food stamps don't have to get annual approval so they're safe - but other programs aren't so lucky.

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Description: "We have looked at all of those programs and for the most part believe that we have sufficient cash on hand now to be able to be able to continue those programs for at least a couple of weeks."

Luebbering says that will be paid for with federal dollars the state already has in it's treasury. She says Missouri won't use state money to fund federal programs.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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With the first federal shut down since 1995 looming - Missouri budget planners are looking extra closely at federal programs that are getting their cash stream shut off.
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Wrap: All the gridlock in Washington with the federal government is now trickling down to the states. In Missouri, a lot of jobs in state government are federally funded. And State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says some of the people in those jobs could be furloughed if the shut down lasts longer than two weeks.

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Description: "Looking at all of those we believe we'll be able to make it through at least a couple of weeks. After that point in time, if it goes beyond that, we would have to send out furlough notices to those employees that are 100% federally funded."

Luebbering says the state still has federal money to keep most of those programs funded for a few weeks.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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