CHICAGO — Missouri Gov. Jay ­Nixon late last week praised the Legislature for sending him a “fiscally responsible” $23.3 billion budget for fiscal 2011 that eliminates red ink through cuts rather than tax hikes, but called on lawmakers to approve a proposed government restructuring and tax-credit reforms that could trim future costs.

Lawmakers trimmed about $500 million off Nixon’s original proposal, unveiled in January, after revenue estimates were revised downward in both the current fiscal year and the next, which begins July 1.

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