Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released some of the money in the current budget that he was restricting in response to a court ruling that allowed tobacco companies to not pay $50-million to the state.
Nixon says positive trends in the state’s economy and in state revenue allowed him to release $2.1-million. Much of what was released today was in health care, education, and infrastructure.
The governor is still withholding more than $44-million in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
In a statement Nixon said he was pleased to release the money, and said he would keep monitoring the budget to take additional actions as necessary.
An updated breakdown of what the governor is withholding can be found here.