Jefferson City, MO- The record funding contained in the Fiscal Year 2008 budget approved by the Missouri House this year includes substantial increases in funding levels for many important projects in the First Legislative District. House Budget Chair
Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, took time this week to praise Rep.
Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, for his hard work in securing the dollars that will further enhance educational and agricultural opportunities for the residents of
"The budget process is long and difficult and it is very easy for worthy projects to be lost along the way, but Rep. Munzlinger was a constant voice for his area and made certain the funding needs of the people of the First District were not overlooked," said Rep. Icet. "We are extremely fortunate to have a thriving economy that allows us to provide the level of funding the people of this state both need and deserve. Thanks to the efforts of Rep. Munzlinger, the people in his area will greatly benefit from many of the additional dollars he was able to secure this session."
Some of the highlights for the First District contained in the FY 2008 budget include more than half a million new dollars in funding for school districts in the area as well as $2 million secured for construction of the Discovery and Learning Park at the Greenley Research Center. The park will be a state-of-the-art facility for field testing of value-added transgenic materials for
"The two things that drive all of the success we've had in our area are agriculture and education," said Rep. Munzlinger. "I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure we have adequate funding for both our students and our farmers. I was fortunate to have success this year in bringing additional dollars back to our area. These dollars will make a big difference for the people of the First District as well as for the entire state of
Missouri as we work to continue our tradition of being one of the world's leaders in agriculture."
Additional funding secured by Rep. Munzlinger includes pay increases for Soil and Water District employees in the area; funding for a new Drug Court Administrator for the 1st Circuit; $79.4 million new dollars for nursing homes; and $1.4 million in new funding for rural health clinics.