Gov. Jay Nixon released $143 million of education funding increases after lawmakers sustained his vetoes of tax break bills during the veto session.
In June, Nixon vetoed 10 bills that provided tax breaks to grocery stores, power companies and dry cleaners, for example, which he estimated would drop state revenue by $425 million. The Democratic governor then informed the Republican-led Legislature that he would withhold $143 million of education funding increases from the fiscal year 2015 budget unless lawmakers sustained his vetoes.
Lawmakers sustained Nixon’s vetoes on all but two of the tax break bills.