Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nixon Carves $100 Million From Budget


Gov. Jay Nixon has stripped $105 million dollars from the $23 billion dollar operating budget he signed Thursday.

The Governor is also withholding an additional $325 million dollars as the state faces declining revenues.

Included in Nixon's line item vetoes are portions of the money budgeted for a new emergency responder radio system, college construction projects, ethanol plants subsidies and a Medicaid rate increase for dentists. Also being vetoed is funding for a new highway interchange in Jefferson City that lawmakers said was necessary to help redevelop the site of the former Missouri State Penitentiary.

Nixon is set to hold a news conference in Springfield at 2 p.m. while he signs an education bill.

For more on Nixon's cuts . . .

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