Nixon cites Mo. hospital in defending tax cut veto

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says there would be no money for a new state mental health facility if lawmakers override his veto of tax cuts.

Nixon has frozen $13 million for planning and designing a new facility at Fulton State Hospital, the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River.

Speaking at hospital Tuesday, Nixon said the funds could begin flowing if the Legislature sustains his veto of the tax-cut bill.

Backers of the cuts have begun a campaign encouraging lawmakers to override the veto during their annual veto session in September.

The legislation would cut individual and corporate tax rates and create a new deduction for some business income. When fully phased in, it has the potential to reduce state tax revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars.