Gov. Nixon released the following statement regarding data requested by the Missouri Association of School Administrators from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education estimating the impact of House Bill 253 on each school district in the state. Gov. 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.
"These numbers demonstrate that, even under the General Assembly's own assumptions, House Bill 253 would drain hundreds of millions of dollars away from schools in every corner of our state," said Gov. Nixon. "At a time when quality schools and a skilled workforce are more important than ever to competing in the global economy, this reckless fiscal experiment would undermine permanently Missouri's ability to support public education and other vital services. As these numbers make clear, lawmakers can either support House Bill 253 or they can support public education, but they can't do both."
The data show 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.