Senator Cindy O’Laughlin is concerned that the state isn’t living up to its obligation to pay counties for housing prisoners they have to take. The debt is more than $38 million.

O’Laughlin says these are challenging financial times.

The Shelbina Republican says counties set their budget with state reimbursement for inmates in mind.

Randolph County is owed more than $126,000, dating back to September of last year.