76
      Sunday
      93 / 72
      Monday
      86 / 70
      Tuesday
      84 / 67

      Gov. Nixon freezes state funds

      Governor Nixon announced the freeze Friday at the Capitol.

      No pay raises, no new construction and a thousand state jobs cut unless lawmakers back away from an override of Governor Jay Nixon's veto of their income tax cut legislation.On Friday, Nixon froze $400 million of spending for education, capital improvements and state services.He told capitol reporters the move is necessary to offset the revenues lost to a phased-in tax deduction for business income, and a reduced tax rate for individuals and corporations; and he says it's only the beginning.Governor Jay Nixon said on Friday, ??With a price tag of at least 800 million dollars annually, House Bill 253 would undermine our fiscal foundation now, and for years to come. House Bill 253 is simply a dangerous experiment we cannot afford.??Nixon said he cannot enter a new budget year on Monday uncertain of whether his veto of House Bill 253, the income tax cut, will survive. So he's ordered an across-the-board, 4% reduction in core spending. He??s also eliminated almost all new spending including $150 million in additional spending for education, increases in payments to Medicaid providers, money to repair the state capitol building and $14 million worth of pay raises for state workers.Nixon said, ??These restrictions represent only a fraction of what would be required if House Bill 253 becomes law.??Which is why Nixon has asked the state budget director to plan for substantial additional layoffs of state workers.State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said, "We don't have specifics on that, and won't for quite some time. I'll be working with the departments to develop a plan to cut another thousand positions out of state government.??State officials are still waiting for a ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court on whether the Governor can withhold appropriated money when their is no shortage of revenue.In a written statement, House Speaker Tim Jones Friday afternoon said Nixon has violated the constitution by doing so. The republican called the withholds a "political stunt" and blasted Nixon for using Missouri families as pawns in a chess match with the legislature.

      DEPARTMENT -- APPROPRIATED AMOUNT (in millions) -- AMOUNT FROZEN (in millions)

      Statewide Pay Plan -- $14.0 -- $14.0Statewide State Government Employees (1000 FTE) -- N/A -- $15.6Statewide Expenses/Core Programs (4 percent) -- $136.6 -- $6.0Elementary and Secondary Education Foundation Formula and Transportation (level fund) -- $3,175.6 -- $66.4Elementary and Secondary Education Scholars and Fine Arts Academy -- $0.2 -- $0.2Elementary and Secondary Education Regional Professional Development -- $1.0 -- $1.0Elementary and Secondary Education Early Grade Literacy Program --$0.1 -- $0.1Elementary and Secondary Education Bright Futures Program -- $0.1 -- $0.1Elementary and Secondary Education Vocational Rehabilitation Program (increase) -- $13.6 -- $0.5Higher Education Institutions Core funding (4 percent) -- $841.9 -- $33.7Higher Education UM-Related Programs (4 percent) -- $16.2 -- $0.6Higher Education MSU Occupational Therapy Program -- $1.3 -- $1.3Higher Education UM/MSU Cooperative Medical Program -- $10.0 -- $10.0Higher Education MSU/Three Rivers Trade School in Willow Springs -- $0.2 -- $0.2Higher Education UM Large Animal Veterinary Program -- $1.0 -- $1.0Revenue Assessment Maintenance (4 percent) -- $9.8 -- $0.4Transportation Amtrak (4 percent) -- $8.9 -- $0.4Transportation Port Authority Capital Improvements -- $3.0 -- $3.0Transportation St. Charles Bike/Pedestrian Bridge -- $0.1 -- $0.1Transportation Transit (increase) -- $1.1 -- $0.5Agriculture Biodiesel Incentive (4 percent) -- $5.5 -- $0.2Economic Development Customized Training (4 percent) -- $14.0 -- $0.6Economic Development Small Business Fairness Board -- $0.1 -- $0.1Economic Development Exports Initiative (portion of increase) -- $2.3 -- $0.5Economic Development MO Technology Corporation (1/2 of increase) -- $6.4 -- $2.5Economic Development Small Business Technology and Development Centers -- $0.7 -- $0.7Economic Development WWI Memorial -- $0.1 -- $0.1Economic Development Tourism (4 percent) -- $14.1 -- $0.6Various Arts, Libraries, TV, Historical, Humanities (4 percent) -- $7.6 -- $0.3Public Safety Cyber Crimes (Portion of GR increase) -- $1.5 -- $0.5Public Safety Drug Task Forces (4 percent) -- $2.0 -- $0.1Corrections St. Louis Re-entry Program -- $0.8 -- $0.8Corrections County Jail Reimbursement (4 percent) -- $38.1 -- $1.5Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ex-Offender Treatment -- $1.0 -- $1.0Mental Health Community Providers (non-Medicaid) (4 percent) -- $61.2 -- $2.1Health and Senior Services AAA's (4 percent) -- $11.0 -- $0.4Health and Senior Services Area Health Education Centers (increase) -- $0.5 -- $0.3Health and Senior Services Local Public Health Agencies (increase plus 4 percent) -- $2.3 -- $0.7Health and Senior Services Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (increase) -- $0.2 -- $0.1Health and Senior Services Traumatic Brain Injury Services (increase) -- $0.9 -- $0.6Health and Senior Services School Vaccines Programs -- $0.2 -- $0.2Health and Senior Services Mobile Dental Program -- $0.2 -- $0.2Social Services Foster Care Outdoor Program -- $0.1 -- $0.1Social Services Social Innovation Grants -- $1.0 -- $1.0Social Services Hand Up Program -- $0.04 -- $0.04Social Services Rural Health Clinics--Dental Program -- $0.5 -- $0.5Social Services Telemonitoring Program -- $0.1 -- $0.1Social Services Pager Pilot Program -- $0.2 -- $0.2Social Services Diabetic Telemonitoring Program -- $0.1 -- $0.1Various Medicaid Provider Rate Increases -- $45.7 -- $45.7Capital Improvements Facilities Maintenance and Repair -- $70.0 -- $65.0Capital Improvements New State Office Building -- $38.0 -- $38.0Capital Improvements State Capitol Complex -- $50.0 -- $46.5Capital Improvements Fulton State Hospital Redesign -- $13.0 -- $13.0Capital Improvements Sullivan County Lake -- $4.0 -- $4.0Capital Improvements State Parks -- $20.0, $17.5

      Here are the budget vetoes released by Nixon's budget office.

      DEPARTMENT -- VETOED ITEM BUDGET (in millions) -- AMOUNT VETOED (in millions)

      Economic DevelopmentSpringfield Community Improvement District (GR) -- $0.03 -- $0.03Economic Development Blues in Schools (Arts Trust Fund) -- $0.08 -- $0.08Mental Health Boone County Payment (GR) -- $0.03 -- $0.03Capital Improvements Pike Lincoln Tech Center (Fair Share Fund) -- $1.0 -- $1.0