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Feb. 15, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson requests budget increase

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.