JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s governor on Monday cut another $209 million from this year’s budget, including deep cuts in education, following a steep drop in revenues because of the coronavirus.
Nearly 100 people lined up awaiting the 9 a.m. Reopening of Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis, including many older adults, most wearing masks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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- Horse track Fairmount Park in Collinsville reopened June 9, Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis and Ameristar St. Charles opened June 1, and River City Casino in south St.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s cuts included $123 million in core funding from public K-12 schools, $34 million from four-year public colleges and $6.8 million from community colleges.
In effect, that means most K-12 schools will get roughly 40% less money from the state this month. Four-year colleges won’t get any of their monthly state funding this month.
In total, Parson so far has cut close to $428 million in state funding because of the pandemic.
State revenue collections are down about 6% compared to last year, and lawmakers had planned on revenue gains when they were making this year’s budget.
“This is truly unlike anything we have ever experienced,” he said.
The hit the coronavirus took on the state economy is clear. In April alone, revenues dropped 54% compared to April 2019. Unemployment in the state reached 9.7% in April.
Missouri Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven on Monday said reductions to K-12 school funding could mean cuts to technology and wifi hotspots used to help students learn from home during the pandemic, food delivery for students in need, or staff salaries.
There is some hope for schools, Vandeven said. The state is getting $187 million in federal funding for K-12 schools that could offset much of the state funding cuts, and local education leaders will have wide flexibility in how they spend that.
Other cuts include $6 million from home and community based services, which provide services such as in-home care for people with disabilities and outpatient mental health care.
For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the coronavirus can cause severe illness and death. For most people, it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks.
Missouri reported 64 deaths in a two-day period Friday and Saturday, but just one on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases on Sunday rose by 185 to 13,147.
The new cases include 70 soldiers and trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, fort officials said Sunday. The affected individuals were all assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, and have been quarantined. Buildings and facilities within the unit have been sanitized.
Most of those who tested positive do not have coronavirus symptoms and none have been hospitalized.
About 500 soldiers or trainees were tested when they arrived at the base and all tests originally came back negative. Four days later, a trainee reported having symptoms and all 500 were re-tested on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in the 70 positive results.
Casinos are beginning to reopen in Missouri after a more than two-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus, and it was clear Monday that many people were eager to gamble.
Nearly 100 people lined up awaiting the 9 a.m. reopening of Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis, including many older adults, most wearing masks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. According to state health department data, 579 of the 772 people in Missouri who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, were age 70 or older.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Monday said bars can open June 8. Other businesses that have been closed, including casinos, fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys and others, can reopen June 15 with restrictions.
Two St. Louis area casinos are set to reopen, but things will look a bit different
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Two St. Louis area casinos will open their doors again after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close.
Both Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, and River City Casino in Lemay are planning on reopening at 9 a.m. on June 16.
“We are pleased to announce that we will be opening our doors with limited offerings on Tuesday, June 16 at 9:00 AM. While we are excited to welcome you back, it is imperative that we create a safe environment for you and our team members. With this in mind, we have been working closely with the Missouri Gaming Commission and state and local leaders to finalize a comprehensive plan for the reopening of River City Casino & Hotel,” River City Casino wrote on Facebook.
Both Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis and Ameristar Casino in St. Charles already have reopened.
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However, customers can expect some changes at Hollywood and River City the next time they visit.
Posted by Hollywood Casino St. Louis on Wednesday, June 10, 2020
There will be new safety measures in place, such as gaming floor capacity limits, signage encouraging social distancing, the deactivation of some slot machines to sit patrons further apart, limited seating at table games, the suspension of live entertainment and the continued closure of some restaurants.
Both the Casino Queen in East St. Louis and Argosy Casino in Alton remain closed.
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