Nixon ends freeze on $215M of budget items

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing money for education and other states services that he had withheld while waiting to see whether lawmakers would override a veto of a tax-cut bill.

Nixon said Thursday that he was releasing $215 million of the $400 million of expenditures that froze when Missouri's budget took effect July 1.

The move comes after lawmakers failed Wednesday to override Nixon's veto of an income tax cut that the governor contended would have punched a hole in the state budget.

Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, said the administration is still withholding $185 million because of continued uncertainty about the budget. Most of those frozen expenditures are for repairs or construction at state buildings.