As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Nodler holds one of the most powerful tools in the Missouri General Assembly -- the budget pen.
The only thing that's different from 2003, Nodler said, is "I now have the burden of the chairmanship."
Incoming Gov.-elect Jay Nixon faces a projected $342 midyear budget shortfall to shore up before the fiscal year ends June 30. And it's possible there could be a deficit in the neighborhood of $900 million in 2010, according to the Missouri Budget Project, a state fiscal policy think tank in St. Louis.
"I think the budget will keep me occupied for most of the year," Nodler said.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Nodler outlines expectations for 2009 to News-Leader
Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, outlined his expectations for the 2009 legislative session to Springfield News-Leader reporter Chad Livengood in an article posted today on the newspaper's website: