Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

House Votes to Allocate Funds Withheld by Nixon

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

House Votes to Allocate Funds Withheld by Nixon

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JEFFERSON CITY > House votes to allocate funds withheld by Nixon * For the first time ever, the Missouri House used a power Wednesday forcing the governor to release less than $1 million he has held back from various programs.

Under current law, the governor can withhold money when state revenue is less than the estimate the appropriations are based on, to be released if they improve.

However, a measure approved by voters in 2014 allows lawmakers to override Gov. Jay Nixon's withholdings.

The House tested that new power Wednesday, overriding $925,000 worth of withholds for two programs. Those actions now move to the Senate for further debate.

"We have come to this place because we have a governor who has decided he does not respect the republic," said Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield. "This is our way of stopping the encroachment of one (branch of government) into the other."

The two programs are:

* $575,000 for the Missouri Scholars and Fine Arts Academies, residential programs for the state's gifted high school students. …

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