Governor Nixon releases $12 million back into state budget

2 months 3 days 13 hours ago October 05, 2016 Oct 5, 2016 Wednesday, October 05 2016 Wednesday, October 05, 2016 8:21:00 PM CDT in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY- Back in September, Gov. Nixon announced he was slashing almost $60 million from the state's budget, saying he had no choice after the legislature overrode his vetoes.

On Wednesday, the governor gave back some of that money, announcing he made $12.1 million available for the 2017 budget.

$6 million will go to The Foundation Formula for K-12 public schools while $3 million will go to school transportation.

“Public education has always been a top priority for Missourians, and the continued solid growth of our economy is making it possible to put this funding into our schools,” Gov. Nixon said. “We continue to provide record funding for our classrooms, and I’m pleased to have this money go to our public schools.”

Gov. Nixon cut funding in September after lawmakers decided to override his vetoes on multiple bills, including a concealed carry bill and the controversial voter ID bill. He said he had no choice but to cut funding because the new laws also enacted new tax breaks.

Those cuts included $24 million for K-12 schools, $20 million for a new MoDOT program called Missouri Moves, and $4 million for agricultural programs.

 

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