Gov. Nixon Addresses Superintendents On FY 15 Budget Proposal

By KOLR10 News

Published 03/08 2014 12:59PM

Updated 03/08 2014 01:04PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon addressed over one-hundred superintendents, administrators, and board members Mar. 8 at the Education Plus Legislative Breakfast.

Gov. Nixon spoke about public education and his continued efforts to avoid what he calls, fiscally irresponsible experiments that could take money out of public schools.

Gov. Nixon’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 included a $278 million increase for K-12 schools, putting the state on a path to fully funding the foundation formula next year.

“With our economy picking up steam, it’s time to put our budgets where our campaign brochures are,” Gov. Nixon said. “This is the year to get serious about fulfilling the promise we made, meeting our obligations under the law, and fully funding our schools.”

The Governor also discussed several tax cut bills currently under consideration in the General Assembly that according to him, would result in massive cuts to public education and other vital services, while doing little to benefit working Missouri families.

“I call it their ‘Money for Mansions’ plan, and it would funnel millions from our classrooms – this year – while doing little to help working families who aren’t fortunate enough to buy their first home, let alone a second or a third,” Gov. Nixon said.”

Gov. Nixon also discussed his principles for fixing the school transfer law and the importance of protecting Missouri’s strong safeguards against funneling public funds into private schools.

“There are many worthy ideas being considered, and I am committed to working with the General Assembly to develop a solution that’s consistent with our priorities and values,” Gov. Nixon said. “And while we talk about the common sense, responsible steps that are needed to resolve this issue, we need to be just as clear about what we don’t need – and will not accept.”

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