Nixon freezes $115 million of state budget amid slow revenue growth

Gov. Jay Nixon says state revenue growing less than expected has caused him to freeze $115.5 million in the state budget for the fiscal year that began Friday.

Nixon cut or removed funding for 131 programs out of the state’s recently adopted $27 billion spending plan, including some additional money for public defenders, a GOP-led effort to study the University of Missouri’s operations and an audit of the St. Louis Regional Convention & Sports Complex Authority.

Nixon cautioned that further restrictions would be necessary if the Legislature overrides his vetoes of three tax breaks, which could reduce revenue by more than $60 million annually. By contrast, if revenue grows more quickly than expected, he could restore the cuts.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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