In April, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported that Missouri is one of only 13 states projecting stable or optimistic revenue outlooks for 2009. "Responsible budgeting has placed Missouri in the small category of states that are not experiencing budget shortfalls, deficits and other problems plaguing their fiscal stability," said Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt yesterday in a release.
"Strong, conservative management of Missouri's budget over the last three and a half years has turned a $1.1 billion deficit into three consecutive surpluses while cutting taxes and increasing education funding by $1.2 billion which is the largest such increase without a tax increase in Missouri's history."
Among measures Blunt credits for the surplus are:
In May, Blunt announced that the Missouri Accountability Portal (MAP) -- providing information on how tax dollars are spent -- had topped 7 million hits. A year ago, GT carried a story by William Bott, deputy for operations to Missouri's CIO about the Governor's technology consolidation initiatives.