Nixon cuts millions, proposes more cuts for future

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $125 million in spending cuts, with plans to trim hundreds of millions of dollars more in the future.

The cuts announced Thursday include reduced health care services for some people, less money for schools and the possible end to one of Missouri's two passenger trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Nixon also outlined ideas for dealing with a projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget. He wants to eliminate 1,000 jobs, 2,000 vehicles and three state holidays.

He proposed to halt scholarships for students at private colleges.

And Nixon wants to merge Missouri's two education departments, as well as its highway and water patrols. Some changes would require legislative approval.