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MARYVILLE, MO (2011-08-30)
Missouri governor Jay Nixon is defending his decision to withhold more than 170 million dollars from the state budget, despite a state lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.
Before the start of the current budget year Nixon announced he would withhold the funds from schools and other agencies. State auditor Tom Schweich has filed suit saying the governor can only do so if revenue is coming in below projections. Nixon calls such withholdings a common practice.
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