New Programs Closely Match Budget Cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has touted almost as much new state spending as he has axed in order to balance Missouri's budget. Last week, the Democratic governor vetoed $105 million from the 2010 budget that takes effect Wednesday.

Nixon says the cuts are a "near record" and are needed to preserve state support for health care, education and economic development.

But the money-saving vetoes were nearly offset by the $95 million cost for Nixon-backed programs for college health education and economic development.

Nixon says the two programs are designed to spur job creation in Missouri and ultimately boost revenue.

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