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Nixon threatens layoffs if Motor Vehicle Department isn’t fully funded

The fight between Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the legislature over funding for the Department of Motor Vehicles has escalated.

A conference committee this week cut funding for the department to two-thirds of a year for the department, part of the ongoing dispute over the problems with document scanning and retention in the department.

But Nixon said today he’ll start laying off people July 1st if the department isn’t fully funded.

“The unique action taken by the legislature this week would undermine our strong budgetary framework, and would introduce unnecessary and dangerous levels of uncertainty into the historical budget process practiced by governors and legislatures for decades,” his statement said.