See Past Budgets:
To assure accurate comparisons with the governor's recommendations versus the prior year's appropriation, MDN consistently has used for the prior year figure the actual appropriations approved by the governor (what was passed by the legislature minus any line-item vetoes).
The reason is to assure our tables compare "apples to apples", not "apples to oranges." What the legislature passes always is subject after the governor signs the bill to withholdings, now called "restrictions" by the administration.
In fact, in some years, governors signed bloated budgets when it was obvious there would need to be subsequent withholdings of spending authority.
See the Covid Notes below about the significance for the 2021 fiscal year budget.
See the Covid Notes below about the misleading nature of this figure for the 2021 fiscal year.
The $84 million appropriations cut in General Revenue appropriations from FY 2020 to FY 2021 is substantially below the $700 million what has been widely reported that the governor had said would be the shortfall.
Even if you base the reduction the governor's original recommendation for FY 2021, it would be a $404 million reduction -- not $700 million.
But legislative budget leaders have warned that there likely are going to be substantial future cuts in the FY 2021 spending plan.
At the time the budget was before the legislature, budget leaders from both parties acknowledged there was no guarantee how much Missouri actually would get and how that money could be spent. So the All Funds figure is signficantly more misleading than it has been in past years.
The reason is to assure our tables compare "apples to apples", not "apples to oranges." What the legislature passes always is subject to withholdings, no called "restrictions" by the administration subsequent to governor signing the budget.
In some years, governors signed bloated budgets when it was obvious subsequent withholdings of spending authority would have to be imposed by the governor.
It's a signifant difference because in 2020, the governor withheld more than $200 million in funds appropriated for the 2020 fiscal year in response to the tax losses from COVID-19.
To subtract that figure from the FY 2020 actual appropriation would make any comparison with the FY 2021 appropriation to be nearly meaingless.
In addition, the governor may have to withhold from the FY 2021 appropriation if the economic effects of COVID-19 continue.