BY ELIZABETH CRISP • ecrisp@post-dispatch.com  | Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:30 am

JEFFERSON CITY • A program offered through the University of Missouri-St. Louis appears to have gotten tangled up in the state budgeting process and could be at risk.

Some senators want to eliminate the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. Wording that would do just that has been inserted in the Senate’s preferred version of a veterans’ bill that the budget may depend on.

The senators argue that the program is biased toward Democrats.

“They want taxpayer dollars to subsidize political careers,” Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, said Thursday.

Lawmakers are trying to negotiate a $24 billion spending plan for the coming year. A plan to fund the state’s seven veterans’ homes relies on legislation that allows a fund swap. Legislators want to shift $30 million in casino entrance fees to provide a dedicated funding source for the nursing homes that serve some 1,350 veterans.

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