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Missouri Republican lawmakers have concerns about Nixon's budget proposal

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Missouri Republican lawmakers have some concerns about Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's 2014 budget proposal.

Senator Ron Richard says besides issues with education and Common Core standards, the legislature will also be facing tort reform and legal issues this legislative session.

He also plans to continue to focus on job creation in Southwest Missouri over the next months.

He is concerned about Nixon's plan to use $1 billion more than the state has to help fund education.

Richard has questioned why last year's $450 million in excess revenue hasn't gone directly towards funding education.

"The interesting thing is that we left the governor with $450 million last year in excess revenue and then when the budget chairman and I went to the governor and asked about those dollars for education, he said they had been absorbed," Richard said.  "We're trying to figure out what 'absorbed' means."

Senator Kurt Schaefer, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, agrees with Richard that the estimated incoming revenue does not line up with the governor's projections.

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