Democrats accuse GOP of rushed, secretive budget process

Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Missouri Democratic lawmakers are accusing the state’s Republican majority of rushing the spending plan through of a $26 billion budget for the 2016 fiscal year. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Following the Missouri Legislature’s approval of a $26 billion budget for the 2016 fiscal year, Democratic lawmakers are accusing the state’s Republican majority of rushing the spending plan through without sufficient debate or transparency.

House Democrats said in a statement that the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 was “given perfunctory approval by a legislative committee in the dead of night.”

Senate President Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said the accusation is groundless and that it fails to account for work lawmakers did on the budget before the legislative session began in January.

Lawmakers passed the budget with three weeks left in the legislative session. Republicans have emphasized early approval of a spending plan to allow for overrides of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on witholdings and line item vetoes.

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