Gov. Parson signs FY 2021 state budget

Parson signs state budget, restricts funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson held a news briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 with an update on COVID-19 cases in Missouri.

Tuesday Briefing Regarding COVID-19

Tuesday Briefing Regarding COVID-19

Posted by Governor Mike Parson on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

During the briefing, the governor said he signed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget bills passed by the General Assembly.

The total state budget is approximately $35.3 billion, including $10 billion in general revenue. You can click here to see the FY 2021 appropriation bills.

“Every year, the General Assembly is committed to protecting Missouri taxpayers’ hard earned money with a fiscally responsible budget,” Governor Parson said. “Although this legislative session looked very different due to COVID-19, we appreciate the General Assembly for pushing through these difficult circumstances and creating the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.”

In 2019, the state budget left $100 million on the bottom line in order to respond to any unexpected revenue declines.

He said for Fiscal Year 2020, state revenues will finish approximately 7 percent down from last year. He said they expect to be almost $1 billion below what they forecast in January.

To ensure Missouri is prepared for the economic impacts of COVID-19 going forward, Governor Parson issued vetoes for 17 items totaling nearly $11 million. He also announced more than $448 million in budget withholds.

These restrictions include nearly 150 items across state government. You can click here to see the full list of expenditure restrictions.

State Budget Director Dan Haug, Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Director Dr. Randall Williams with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services joined him for the briefing.

Missouri cases

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 21,551 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 30.

The health department also reported 599 total hospitalizations in the state and a total of 1,015 deaths related to COVID-19.

Currently, 373,007 Missourians have been tested for the virus, and 42,984 have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

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