Missouri House votes to reverse Nixon spending cuts

For the first time, the Missouri House voted to overturn $925,000 in budget restrictions made by Gov. Jay Nixon to the current year’s state budget.

Nixon withheld more than $46.1 million from the fiscal year 2016 budget last fall after a court ruling allowed the tobacco industry to skip out on a $50 million settlement payment to the state.

But the GOP-controlled House voted Wednesday to restore $350,000 for Medicaid patients with brain injuries, which Nixon zeroed-out in October, and $575,000 to the Missouri Scholar and Fine Arts academies, boosting its allocation to $750,000.

The two override motions passed with bipartisan support and now go to the state Senate.

Read more: Missourinet, St. Louis Public Radio


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