Mo. budget creates tough funding choice between children, seniors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers put a bill on Governor Jay Nixon's desk last week that took funding from low-income seniors to fund First Steps, an early childhood intervention program.

However, the Governor will come to town on Wednesday to protest, saying he should not have to choose between the two groups.
So late Monday, a Missouri Senate committee endorsed a new funding source for the program that helps 10,000 children with developmental delays up to the age of 3.

Chrystal Greer, whose son is in First Steps, hopes the new funding source is approved.

"One group can benefit and another can't," she said. "It's not right in my heart."

Lawmakers have until the end of the week to decide what they will send to the governor.

Nixon plans to stop at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City to meet with several parents at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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