JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed or frozen more than $1.1 billion of spending in Missouri's next budget, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks.
Nixon's budget cuts announced Tuesday include nearly $276 million of line-item vetoes and $846 million of spending restrictions affecting everything from public education to Medicaid.
The Democratic governor said his actions were necessary because the budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature was "dangerously out of balance."
Nixon's actions mean there will be no funding increase for education when the new school year begins. But Nixon said he could release the additional school money if legislators in September sustain his vetoes of bills granting various tax breaks.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer said Nixon is "holding school kids hostage."
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