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Greitens plans to drop $146 million from Missouri budget

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Gov. Greitens focuses on jobs education in first State of the State address

Greitens also touched on labor reform, which some experts say likely means a right-to-work law that bans mandatory union dues.

In a prepared response, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh slammed the policy and said lawmakers should reject it.

But despite a vow that "not a single penny will be taken out of K-12 classrooms", Greitens cut $11.3 million from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, including $8.6 million from transportation and $2 million from state performance assessments.

That revenue is being drained by special interest tax credits and the faster-than-projected growth in healthcare expenditures, driven in part by the national impact of Obamacare.Additional details on the spending restrictions are linked here.Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will give his first state of the state address tonight in Jefferson City. "We'll have to have that discussion in February", says Smart.

Greitens, a Republican who has never before held public office, was sworn in as governor last week.

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He is breaking from tradition and will not present his budget proposal during the speech.

A good portion of the address looked at Missouri employment and Right to Work.

Greitens didn't outline his budget plan for next fiscal year Tuesday, as governors have done in the past.

State budget cuts to higher education leaves educators across the Show-Me-State scrambling for solutions. Greitens said more than $700 million in budget cuts will be necessary over the next year and a half to keep a balanced budget.

Colleges and universities will be hit hardest by the cuts, with $82 million being dropped from the budget.

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