Missouri ballot proposal would shift budget powers
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Constitution gives the governor some of the broadest budget-balancing powers in the nation.
But a proposal on the November ballot would flip that around. If approved, proposed Constitutional Amendment 10 would give the Missouri Legislature some of the broadest powers to cancel gubernatorial budget decisions.
The proposal would allow the Legislature to override a governor's decision to reduce spending by getting a two-thirds vote of each chamber. That's the same threshold already required to override vetoes.
Some Republican supporters of the amendment say the Democratic governor has abused his budget-balancing powers in recent years by temporarily freezing spending in an attempt to persuade legislators not to enact tax breaks.
But opponents of the measure say it could allow lawmakers to bust the budget with new spending.