Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the legislature's override of his veto of Senate Bill 509:
"Missouri families and businesses know that public education is the best economic development tool there is, and that is why I vetoed Senate Bill 509," Gov. Nixon said. "While scaled back from last year's billion-dollar House Bill 253, Senate Bill 509 fails to prioritize or adequately protect public education at a time when quality public schools are more important than ever to our ability to create jobs in the global economy. And while its authors may have delayed its impact, Senate Bill 509 remains a very real threat to the principles of fiscal discipline that have helped us maintain our spotless AAA rating for decades. As I have from Day One, I will continue to manage the budget with the resources available and keep our state moving forward."