In a unanimous decision, the State Supreme Court has ruled against a group of school districts which had launched a lawsuit over Governor Bob Holden’s right to withhold money that had previously been appropriated to public education. Attorney General Jay Nixon, whose office argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Governor, says this ruling was not unexpected. Fifteen school boards were part of the suit, claiming the Governor decision to withhold close to $200-Million ran contrary to the Missouri Constitution, which makes payment of the debt and funding of education the top priorities of government. The Court ruled the Constitution specifically gives the Governor broad authority to control the rate at which appropriations are expended and to balance the state’s budget by reducing expenditures during tough fiscal times.
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