Nixon makes budget cuts after lawmakers approve tax breaks

Gov. Jay Nixon made good on his threat to slash more money from the state budget after Missouri lawmakers overrode his vetoes on bills that give tax breaks to so-called “special interests.”

In an announcement Thursday, the Democrat cut $59.1 million from the $27 billion spending blueprint. The money would have gone to schools, roads, universities and farmers.

The move came a day after the Republican-controlled House and Senate overrode 13 bills he vetoed. One measure offers an income tax deduction for federal agricultural disaster aid payments. Another will exempt instructional classes from state and local sales taxes. Nixon’s office says that combined, the two new laws could lead to nearly $68 million in lost revenue.

To account for those decreases, Nixon cut $16.5 million in aid that helps school districts pay busing costs. He cut another $6 million from general state school aid.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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