Missouri governor orders freeze on $60 million in spending

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday identified $60 million in spending restrictions across Missouri government, signaling his administration's latest effort to cut expenses in the recession.

The restrictions essentially prohibit state agencies from spending money already allocated in their budgets and will be felt in almost every office of government.

In all, the state will eliminate or leave vacant about 200 jobs, although state officials could not say how many would actually be layoffs.

While the restrictions are structured so that they can be reversed if state revenues improve, Budget Director Linda Luebbering said that’s extremely unlikely.

“At the moment, I don’t see this $60 million figure going down,” she said. “Revenues are just not doing well.”

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