Cuts had to be made because of an ongoing revenue shortfall, partially caused by a 2015 law that exempted corporations from paying taxes on sales made in other states. In the past 12 months, both Greitens and his predecessor, Gov. Jay Nixon, had cut about $350 million from the state budget.
The Department of Social Services was cut by $30 million. An increase to health care provider reimbursement rates was slashed, which will especially affect what the state will pay out to nursing homes. Along with signing budget bills and restricting funds, Greitens vetoed a bill that would have provided $35.4 million to state assistance to Medicaid patients who need in-home health care.