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Governor Vetoes $144 Million in Spending - Ozarks Programs Impacted

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) Tuesday vetoed millions of dollars from the budget approved by the Missouri legislature this spring, and put limits on spending millions more.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) Tuesday vetoed millions of dollars from the budget approved by the Missouri legislature this spring, and put limits on spending another $641 million.

“These actions are not easy, but they are absolutely essential to putting the budget back in balance and keeping the state on a fiscally responsible path,” Nixon said when issuing the veto messages for the cuts.  Read them here.

 Nixon said the state's budget from the legislature was $786 million out of balance.  Nixon said the General Assembly did not take into account the money lost from special breaks for a variety of industries.  Nixon's staff said if those breaks become law, they are projected to reduce state revenue by up to $425 million annually and local revenue by up to $351 million annually.

See a breakdown of the 213 actions taken today by Nixon, attached above.

Among the major programs affected:

  • the $100 million dollar increase in the education Foundation Formula is restricted until money is available.  $2.8 billion is still available from the fiscal year budget

  • $2 million is withheld from the A+ scholarship program - $9.4 million is still available

  • $2.25 million for the Admissions Office at Missouri State University


  • $1.5 million for science labs at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and $1.2 million for an experimental mines building at University of Missouri S&T in Rolla

  • $1.5 million for Cyber Crimes Task Forces across the state as well as increased funding for Drug Courts and Public Defender Caseload Relief

  • $17.8 million for adult dental benefits


Missouri State University president Clif Smart plans a news conference at 2:00 pm to discuss the cuts to higher education.


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