September 11, 2013
Bill vetoed by the Governor would have drained hundreds of millions each year from local school districts across the state
Gov. Nixon applauds the General Assembly for supporting public schools by sustaining veto of House Bill 253
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today applauded the Missouri House of Representatives for sustaining his veto of House Bill 253, which he vetoed in June warning that its unaffordable price tag would have a devastating impact on public schools and other vital services.
"Missourians are fiscally conservative folks who want good jobs in their communities and quality schools for their kids," Gov. Nixon said. "Over the past several months they have fought to defend those bedrock principles from being undermined by a reckless experiment -- and today, they won. I applaud the legislators from both parties who came together to sustain my veto of this fiscally irresponsible bill, which would have defunded our schools and weakened our economy. Today's vote represents a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians."
The coalition supporting the Governor's veto of House Bill 253 included more than 150 groups representing educators, business leaders, health providers, first responders and Missourians with disabilities. Business groups opposing House Bill 253 included the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the chambers of commerce in Springfield, Columbia, Callaway and Hallsville.
The Governor's veto message on House Bill 253 is available here.