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Feb. 15, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | By: AP
Missouri's new lieutenant governor says he needs more money for his office's budget. Lt. Gov. Mike Parson told the Missouri House Budget Committee Tuesday that he is seeking an additional $125,000 for his budget, which is currently $463,000. He says he would use the money for mileage, another employee and possibly for out-of-state travel.
Parson's request comes as Gov. Eric Greitens is planning cuts to nursing homes, higher education and state aid for school busing.
The lieutenant governor's salary of about $86,600 is the lowest of Missouri's statewide elected officials and his staff of five employees is the smallest. Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, says to offset some budget constraints he no longer employs an attorney in the office.