Lawmakers quick to override Nixon’s veto of school funding formula change

Almost as soon as Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure designed to change the way school funding is calculated in Missouri, lawmakers acted to override that veto.

The bill institutes a cap of 5 percent growth every two years for the formula to fund K-12 education in the state.

Nixon vetoed the measure on Wednesday, and the Senate voted to override the veto the same day. The House followed suit on Thursday.

In 2009, Missouri lawmakers removed a 5 percent cap on education funding growth, in part because they anticipated an uptick in gambling revenue. But for years the state has not funded K-12 education to the full extent of the formula.

Lawmakers who backed the override, which drew bipartisan support, said the cap will create a funding target the state can afford to hit.

Nixon, a Democrat, said passing the bill into law “would break a promise that we have made to our local schools and students that they educate. This is a cynical policy that I cannot and will not support.”

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet


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