Gov. Jay Nixon will tell state lawmakers tonight how he would like to spend money in the next budget, but he’s already antagonized some of the legislators who will help decide how the money is spent.
Nixon has been traveling throughout the state talking about the things he’ll recommend the legislature do this year. But he and the legislature already are at odds about how much money will be available for programs and services in the next budget.
Senate appropriations chairman Kurt Schaefer says House, Senate, and Governor’s staff members had agreed on the amount of tax money would be available for the next budget. Then the Governor’s people wanted lawmakers to agree to enlarge the figure by $140-million. On top of that, some Republicans are advocating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts, which would reduce future revenues.