One of the smartest and most important persons in Missouri state government is leaving.
Linda Luebbering, the state’s longtime budget director, has announced her decision to retire from government service.
“Linda Luebbering has been an invaluable asset to this administration and to all the people of Missouri,” Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement. “What sets Linda apart is her deep understanding of policy, and the very human impact budgets and policies have on the people and communities we serve.”
Luebbering was known to patiently explain state budget policies to reporters. Her discussions were typically free of jargon, and usually free of partisan spin.
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She worked in Pennsylvania during the Matt Blunt administration.