Budget Chairman Blasts the Governor's Decision to Withhold Funds
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

Budget Chairman Blasts the Governor's Decision to Withhold Funds

Date: August 24, 2011
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Missouri lawmakers now lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's decision to withhold funding from the budget.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Republican Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey -- blasting the state's Budget Director.

This -- over Nixon's decision to withhold 150-million-dollars from this year's budget to help pay for disaster relief efforts.

All of this without legislative approval.

But Silvey says there are other ways Nixon could have found funding.

Actuality:  SILVEY2.WAV
Run Time:  00:08

Description: Veto. Veto creates a fund balance. That's a choice -- it's not the choice the governor took. Right because we have a governor who doesn't want to deal with the legislature.

In response to Silvey, the Budget Department said Nixon's decision gives him "more flexibility to make adjustments."

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

 

Intro: 
More Missouri politicians now blasting Governor Jay Nixon over the constitutionality of his budget cuts.
RunTime:  0:45
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Members of the House Appropriations committee-- now joining State Auditor Tom Schweich in calling Nixon's recent budget cuts a misuse of executive power.

Nixon chose to withhold 150-million-dollars in funds from the 20-12 budget to pay for disaster relief costs that won't be covered by the Feds.

In a hearing, Cole County Republican Rodney Schaad told the state's Budget Director Linda Luebbering he wanted to know where this money was going.

Actuality:  SCHAAD2.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: What is the obligation? Who are we obligated to? And how much money are we obligated to give them? I cannot tell you specific dollar amounts. We've been very clear that we cannot tell you that yet.

Luebbering said Nixon's decision gives him "more flexibility to make adjustments."

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.