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On a near party line vote, the House approved the supplemental budget that includes funds for increases in fuel and Medicaid costs. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The spending bill covers higher-than-expected costs that the state expects to incur between now and July first.
But democrats complained that the bill fails to use unexpected revenue coming into the state, roughly 19 million dollars to restore some Medicaid cuts.
St Louis City Democrat Yaphett El-Amin.
But the chairman of the House budget committee, Republican Representative Allen Icet of St Louis County says the House doesn't have the authority to put more money into Medicaid at this point.
He says the supplemental budget bill only gives the General Assembly limited power, essentially to respond to requests from the governor for money to meet the rising costs.
Icet says when lawmakers take up the budget for the next fiscal year, then they'll be able to decide what changes to Medicaid eligibility, are needed.
The supplemental budget bill now moves to the senate.