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Nixon Releases Funds for Facility Upgrades, State Parks

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Governor Nixon during the 2013 State of the State address. Nixon will deliver his State of the State Address for 2014 on Jan. 21/Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released $40 million in state funds he withheld from the state budget earlier this year.  Marshall Griffin has details.

The funds include $18 million for improvements and repairs to the nearly century-old State Capitol building, $5 million for various projects at state parks, and $7 million for maintenance and repairs at other state facilities. 

Members of the Democratic governor’s budget staff say the money was initially withheld due to uncertainty over whether it would be available.  In response, Republican House Speaker Tim Jones says there was no reason to withhold the funds to begin with.  He accuses Nixon of using the budget to try to “centralize all power and authority in the governor’s mansion.” 

Governor Nixon is still withholding $38 million earmarked for a new state office building.