Two lawmakers are urging Governor-elect Jay Nixon to dip into Missouri’s $550 million of reserves to help cover an estimated $340 million budget deficit in order to avoid deeper spending cuts.

The request was made in letters to Nixon from Rep. Jamilah Nasheed and Sen. Jeff Smith, both St. Louis Democrats. The two wrote that the purpose of establishing the fund was to cover deficits during tough economic times and that its use was preferable to spending cuts to education and social services.

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