Gov. Jay Nixon today released the following statement on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget by the Missouri General Assembly:
 
“Over the past four months, my administration has worked with the General Assembly in a bipartisan manner to develop a budget that controls spending, while investing in critical priorities, like education, health care and public safety.  Because of those efforts, and despite the historic challenges we have faced, we have passed a fiscally responsible budget without raising taxes and without raising college tuition for Missouri students for a second year in a row.  This responsible, stable approach stands in stark contrast to the volatile and drastic decisions being made in other states.
 
“As most legislators know, passing these budget bills is an important step, but it will not fully solve Missouri’s fiscal challenges this year.  The opportunities for cost-savings truly depend on the passage of numerous additional bills that will right-size, restructure and refocus state government.  It is vital that the legislature send those measures to my desk. Over the next two weeks, my administration will continue to work with the General Assembly in a bipartisan fashion to pass these important reforms.  That’s the optimal way to make sure the people of Missouri have a government that protects our vital priorities and a government we can afford.
 
“Over the coming weeks, I look forward to going through this budget line by line to ensure that Missourians’ tax dollars are spent in the most efficient and effective manner possible.”