COPY-Nixon says extra stimulus account not needed

Associated Press - September 15, 2010 5:14 AM ET

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has been "open and transparent" with its use of federal stimulus money and there's no need for additional state legislation.

House Republicans are expected Wednesday to try to override Nixon's veto of a bill creating a new state fund to hold federal Medicaid money under an extension of a stimulus program. Some lawmakers have said the bill would increase transparency in government spending.

Nixon says the legislation is unnecessary because a 2009 law already created a fund to hold money from the original stimulus act.

Two-thirds of both the Missouri House and Senate must agree to override a veto. That means House Republicans need support from more than 20 Democrats. A House Democratic leader says he doesn't expect that to happen.

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