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Governor and House Speaker at odds about HBill 253

Jul 23, 2013 -- 5:35pm

Governor says bill would drain hundreds of millions from local school districts across the state

House Speaker says Nixon is using fear-mongering to prevent tax relief for Missourians



Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 253 last month, calling it an unaffordable experiment that would force dramatic cuts to education and raise taxes on prescription drugs. His office released figures today/Tuesday to show the projected impact on local school districts if the bill were passed.  Nixon says that “lawmakers can either support House Bill 253 or they can support public education, but they can’t do both.”  House Speaker Tim Jones and House Budget Chairman Rick Stream accused Nixon of using scare tactics in an attempt to prevent the veto override of the most significant tax reduction package in decades. Stream says the governor is using inaccurate projections to mislead Missourians about the true impact of HB 253 and “has attempted to paint Missouri teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, which is completely fabricated and blatantly false.”  Jones says that, regardless of the governor’s threats to withhold appropriations from education and other state services if the legislature overrides his veto of HB 253, the Missouri House will give serious consideration to voting the bill into law. The figures sent by Nixon’s office and how they would affect Southeast Missouri school districts can be found on our website, at or 




The data sent by the governor shows a breakdown of district funding levels under two scenarios if House Bill 253 becomes law.  The first uses the General Assembly’s fiscal note, which estimates a total cost of $692 million once the bill is fully implemented.  The second shows funding levels if the Federal Marketplace Fairness Act becomes law, which would increase the cost of House Bill 253 to $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2014. 


Cape Girardeau public schools could see an impact of $689,000 to $1.2 million if House Bill 253 became law.  Sikeston schools could see an impact of between $1 million to $1.8 million.  New Madrid schools could see an impact of between $211,000 and $366,000. Dexter schools could see an impact of between $546,000 and $944,000.


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