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Missouri Supreme Court Rules on Governor’s Ability to Withhold Funds During Year

The Missouri Supreme Court just ruled on a lawsuit regarding the Governor’s ability to withhold money appropriated for a fiscal year.  For a recent example, during the run up to the legislative veto session in September, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he would be withholding nearly $400 million from the state’s 2014 budget due to concerns over the misguided tax cut bill that he had vetoed earlier in the year.  The lawsuit stemmed from a similar withholding that occurred after the Joplin tornado.  Hit the jump for a walkthrough of the facts and an explanation of what the Governor’s withholding powers really are… Continue reading

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