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Capitol Perspectives: State Budget Withholding

Posted By Janna On October 4, 2013 @ 2:38 pm In Opinion | No Comments

by Phill Brooks

The Missouri Supreme Court’s latest decision upholding Jay Nixon’s budget powers has handed future Missouri’s governors a powerful new tool to control state spending. Even before the court’s decision, our state’s governor had significant controls over state spending plans passed by the legislature.

Unlike the U.S. president, Missouri’s governor can use his veto authority to reduce or completely eliminate one or more separate funding lines in the

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