While we are disappointed that funding for education and other essential state services must be withheld, the Governor’s prudent action today is, unfortunately, necessary given the General Assembly’s irresponsible actions.

Despite clear signs of significant revenue shortfalls and declining revenue in future years, the legislature sent to the Governor an unbalanced FY2015 budget and passed a slew of special interest tax breaks on the last day of session that, combined, will compromise not only the FY 2015 budget, but state budgets for years to come. The result will be a continuing series of cuts to vital public services including education, health and social services, and public safety. Unfortunately, major tax cuts passed this year by the legislature will only make matters worse and continue Missouri on a dangerous path towards serious budget problems similar to what Kansas is currently experiencing.