Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Super Sunday Budget Story


Missouri's wire service calls out Governor Jay Nixon and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder on Super Sunday for overstating their cases about potential cuts for the 2010 budget.

David Lieb's conclusion: "Kinder may have attributed more budget cuts to Nixon than the governor actually plans to make. But Nixon may have overstated the amount of cuts he actually can make."

But Lieb's biggest find is getting Nixon's budget director to acknowledge that the Governor can't cut positions in the Conservation and Transportation departments, as he proposed, because they are constitutionally independent of the Governor.

"That was basically a recommendation," acknowledged Nixon budget director Linda Luebbering.
Read the whole thing HERE.

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