Nixon's Campaign Against Veto Overrides Swings Thr

Published 08/20 2013 10:35PM

Updated 08/20 2013 10:48PM

BRANSON, Mo. -- The governor's office claims House Bill 253 would jeopardize funding for Springfield and Branson schools.

Gov. Jay Nixon is touring the state denouncing attempts in the Missouri legislature to overturn his veto of the bill.

House Bill 253 would cut certain taxes in an attempt to encourage business in the state.

But Nixon says it would cut $800,000 worth of funding from the Branson School District, and more than $4 million in annual funding from Springfield.

“Our kids, our workers, quite frankly -- it's a world economy now and the competition is a worldwide competition and education is the advantage that we have and the key part of what we can do to forward it. Quite frankly, education is the best economic development tool we might have.”

Many Ozarks school boards have passed resolutions against the bill.

Those who support Nixon’s veto also fear that the law could downgrade the state's credit rating.

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