CHICAGO - With the federal stimulus package making its way through Congress, two Midwestern states are taking opposing positions on whether to include the anticipated funds in their budgets. Missouri is counting on more $800,000 from the deal to balance its fiscal 2010 budget, while Iowa prefers to wait.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, late Tuesday delivered his first state of the state address and unveiled a $23.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It does not include any major tax increases and relies on $809,000 from the stimulus package - a level officials are confident can be used without restrictions.