Gov. Jay Nixon is gambling that the Missouri General Assembly will back down on doling out special tax breaks when millions of dollars in education funding could be at risk.
Nixon said Tuesday he was vetoing or freezing $786.2 million in state spending with a huge portion coming from public education, The Kansas City Star reports. The governor called the Republican-dominated legislature’s budget “dangerously out of balance” because of tax giveaways and new spending.
Withholding money for public education will give Nixon the leverage he needs to get legislators to keep the state fiscally sound. Currently, lawmakers are trying to replicate what’s going on in Kansas.
Those budget cuts, though hailed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as wonderful, have been disastrous for the Sunflower State’s finances.
Nixon wants to keep the Show-Me State on a better fiscal path.