Greitens, lawmakers clash on money for prescription program
September 15, 2017
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri legislative budgeters on Thursday questioned why and how Gov. Eric Greitens' administration found money for a new program to fight prescription drug misuse amid strained state finances and without first asking lawmakers.
House Budget Committee members during a Jefferson City hearing complained that Greitens never received approval to spend the roughly $470,000 it's estimated to cost to run the program this fiscal year. Greitens in July announced the program to analyze prescription and dispensing data to catch overprescribing of addictive medications.