The State of Missouri has over 400 active funds which collect, hold, and disburse its money. Most funds are established by the Constitution or General Assembly to show restrictions on the planned use of resources or to measure, in the short term, the revenues and expenditures arising from certain activities. The General Revenue fund is the State's primary fund which receives the majority of the taxes collected and is used to pay out many of its core expenditures. The Budget Reserve Fund serves a dual role as the State's combined cash operating and budget reserve fund. Cash operating loans from the Budget Reserve Fund are required by the Missouri Constitution to be paid back by May 15 of each fiscal year.
The first chart represents the current status of the Budget Reserve Fund and whether any loans have been taken out against it by the General Revenue Fund. The second chart is the maximum loan taken by the General Revenue Fund from the Budget Reserve Fund for every fiscal year since FY 2007. The last chart illustrates how the Budget Reserve Fund is used to alleviate low cash balances in the General Revenue Fund throughout the fiscal year.