Missouri lawmakers mull cutting own budget

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Budget problems have Missouri House members skipping their coffee and cell phones, while the Senate is planning small-group meetings on overhauling state government.

      A projected $500 million revenue shortfall in the next budget year has prompted calls to shrink state government to make it more affordable.

      House members will no longer be reimbursed for using personal cell phones for official business. They're also are cutting back on state-funded travel. And House budget writers have trimmed $25,000 from next year's budget for coffee and bottled water.

      The Senate has canceled one day's session next week. Instead, members will meet in small groups to review hundreds of ideas from the public on reshaping state government.