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MO GOP Hypocrisy

GOP state lawmakers want you to think they are reducing spending. Yet, spending is on the rise.

GOP state lawmakers want you to think they are reducing spending. Yet, spending is on the rise.

There are plenty of examples to choose from.

Missouri House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, told his constituents earlier this week that he has cut state spending.

Even after being confronted about the ever-rising totals by Missouri Journal, Jones insisted that he will continue to tell voters that he cuts spending.

Jones is in line to be speaker, if the GOP retains the majority and if his colleagues vote for him when the Missouri House convenes in January.

Several years ago, the speaker disignee started the practice of making some of the committee assignments prior to officially assuming office.

This week, Jones announced that Rep. Rick Stream, a Republican from Kirkwood, would be the next chairman of the budget committee.

Stream told Kirkwood Patch that .

However, total state spending for this fiscal year, which started on July 1, is set to increase 3.4 percent to $24.1 billion compared to the amount appropriated by lawmakers for last fiscal year.

The amended budget proposal for this fiscal year by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, would have cut year-over-year spending by around 1 percent. Instead, the Missouri General Assembly, controlled by the GOP, added more than $1 billion to the plan during the budget-making process.

Following the money and not the political rhetoric shows that state spending rarely falls.

Throughout the last 30 years, total expenditures have dropped year-over-year only three times.

Spending, meanwhile, has increased 468 percent from $3.9 billion in 1981 to $22.2 billion in 2011.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missourijournal.com, (314) 482-7944

Hook is editor of Missouri Journal, which tracks the economy across the Show-Me State

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Jason Wescoat July 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM
My pleasure!
Brian R. Hook July 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The $1.6 billion is in reference to restrictions of expenditures. Therefore, after lawmakers appropriated the funds, there was not enough revenue to hit estimates, so the governor restricted that amount between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2012. Hypothetically, expenditures would have been $1.6 billion higher if all appropriations were spent.
Tom Martz July 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Revenues versus expenditures is what causes debt just ask the federal government. The people of MO were inclined to require a balanced budget only after the state got into some serious financial problems. Even if spending is held in check from one year to another if the revenues don't come in then budget cutting is required. This is NOT something any legislature should be able to take credit for because economic conditions will have caused it not the legislative body.
Michael Evan July 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Sorry to change the subject, but it is Friday July 27, 11:50 a.m. Monsanto is having their Monsanto Global Engineering Backyard Barbecue at this very moment in Mcdonnel park on Adie rd in St. Ann Mo in the lindbergh pavillion, the furthest one back. This is no joke! They even have the nerve to have a red and white checkered banner hanging up, as if it is some sweet grandmother's church picnic! I urge every thinking, caring person to get out there right now to strongly protest them and ruin their party. I saw them 30 minutes ago, cooking up lots of meat, while I was running in the park. These are the people that brought you genetic engineering on a global scale! This is a golden opportunity to protest them, rarely does one see them out in public, usually they are hiding behind their corporate walls. If you care about the food you eat and feed your children, go out there and protest them, and hold them accountable for all the environmental devastation they have caused! Te4ll every activist of every type to go there right now!GO! GO NOW!
Scott Simon August 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Well, what do you expect from a ex TV producer from an industry that's never admitted a Republican they liked?

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