Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement today regarding the budget:
"Over the past four years, through some very challenging budgets, we have successfully worked together to keep our fiscal discipline, create jobs and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Earlier this year I clearly communicated to the General Assembly that eliminating the renters' portion of the property tax credit for seniors without passing comprehensive tax credit reform represented a flawed and unbalanced approach that I would not support. That is why it is so troubling that budget negotiators in the House and Senate are now engaging in a cynical attempt to pit children with developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the First Steps program against low-income seniors who benefit from the renters' tax credit. This is especially problematic and irresponsible at a time when the General Assembly recently added an additional $38 million to build a brand new state office building here in Jefferson City. Building new offices for bureaucrats at the expense of children with developmental disabilities and low-income seniors reflects the wrong priorities. There is sufficient time for the House and Senate to work together to solve this problem."