Governor's office concerned with budget amendment passing

2 years 8 months 2 weeks ago November 05, 2014 Nov 5, 2014 Wednesday, November 05 2014 Wednesday, November 05, 2014 6:32:00 PM CST in News
By: Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 News
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Republicans celebrated keeping the super-majority in the statehouse, and Governor Jay Nixon spoke about his future plans at news conferences Wednesday. 

Laughter filled the room as House Speaker John Dieh's first words were, "I think we need a bigger room."

Republicans added to their party Tuesday and will now be greater in numbers while working with Democrat Nixon.

The Republican party grew to 118 in the House Wednesday when one Missouri House Democrat made a switch to the other side. In just fifteen years the Missouri House Republican has added 42 members.

Diehl said it is not failure on Nixon's part.

"I think it is safe to say that this is not a failure the Democrats can pin on Jay Nixon. This is a collective failure on a grand scale," Diehl said.

Amendment 10 was a popular topic at both conferences. It will limit the governor's ability to withhold money from the state budget. This allows the Missouri General Assembly to override by a two-thirds vote the governor's decision to withhold funding from any budget item. It could limit Nixon's budget overall.

"As governor it is my responsibility to balance the budget and keep government in its means. We will continue to review its implications we have some real concerns about its impact on the state's fiscal sovereignty," Nixon said. 

Nixon said Missouri would need revenue growth of 11 percent to fund the budget set by the legislature. He said 11 percent is more than double what the state is on track to achieve.

In order to balance the budget, Nixon said he had to make restrictions.

"The legislature can now override those safeguards which would put our state in the first time in history in a position of obligating more money than we have. You can't spend money you don't have," Nixon said.

Diehl said the passage of Amendment 10 sent a clear signal from the voters of the state.

"They are probably a little sick and tired of the scare tactics and the black mail that has been used by the governor the past two years in the budget process. We budget responsibility, and we budget in the way that is fiscally accountable to the money we actually have coming in," Diehl said. 

Nixon also said he will work just as hard alongside the other party.

"Just because a couple of different people got elected doesn't mean Missouri dramatically changed yesterday. I know the state pretty well, and I think I'm at unique opportunity here with two years to go to push extra hard, and I will," Nixon said.

When asked why Democrats have not been winning, Nixon said he does not know, and he is only focusing on the future.

"Elections are over, and whatever I do is not going to based on some sort of analysis on what happened yesterday. It's what opportunities are tomorrow," Nixon said.

 

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON D.C. - President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity." He's citing... More >>
55 minutes ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:43:00 PM CDT in News
RAYTOWN (AP) — Two men died and five other people escaped injury in a suburban Kansas City house fire. ... More >>
1 hour ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit against Ferguson... More >>
1 hour ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:13:00 PM CDT in News
Medical health professionals try to make students of all ages as healthy as possible going into a new school year.... More >>
2 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:18:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday evening on suspicion of stalking, after the victim reported finding him in her... More >>
6 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:27:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Motorcycle riders are leaving Wednesday morning after meeting Columbia families to help honor their fallen heroes. Tribute... More >>
7 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:41:00 AM CDT in News
OWENSVILLE (AP) — Two bodies found in March in a small Missouri pond have been identified as those of a... More >>
8 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:28:27 AM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — The president of the National Urban League says he's seen "steps in the right direction" in Ferguson,... More >>
9 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:42:58 AM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - The South Callaway County School district transportation department installed new cameras on its buses to help crack... More >>
20 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging eclipse viewers to visit the state’s conservation areas Aug. 21 to... More >>
20 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:45:00 PM CDT in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of the man who died during a shootout with police al ong a Missouri interstate... More >>
22 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:23:14 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to impose new regulations on abortion and give the attorney general... More >>
23 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Some residents have received an email from a phony city traffic collections department, the City of Columbia Parking... More >>
23 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After a tragic accident that took the lives of two Jefferson City residents this past weekend people... More >>
23 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:06:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - COMO Connect will propose budget cuts to the city council headlined by the possible cancellation to three different... More >>
23 hours ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:04:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri referred a case of possible misappropriation of funds by a former staff member from... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Summer road trips are going to be cheaper for Missouri drivers this year. According to AAA, the... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman has reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against a former neighbor... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:13:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
4pm 90°
5pm 89°
6pm 89°
7pm 87°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots: Forever Young
8:00p
The Carmichael Show
8:30p
The Carmichael Show
9:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld