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Nixon to Release Education Funds After Legislature Upholds Veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School districts around Missouri may be reworking their budget today, following a vote by the state legislature Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School districts around Missouri may be reworking their budget today, following a vote by the state legislature Wednesday.

The General Assembly yesterday failed to override Gov. Nixon's veto of a tax cut bill (HB 253).  Today, Nixon's office said he would immediately release more than $215 million in funds for education and mental health programs, among others.   In June, Nixon withheld $400 million from the state's budget, pending the outcome of the legislature's vote.

According to a release from his staff, Nixon's release of funds today includes;  "$66.4 million for K-12 education, $33.7 million for higher education, $23.1 million for services provided by the Department of Mental Health and $11.3 million for programs at the University of Missouri and Missouri State University to train more health care professionals in southwest Missouri.

The Governor's action today restores K-12 classroom funding to the record level recommended in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal. Of the remaining restricted funds, $175 million represent two-year budget items for capital improvement projects."

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