Governor Nixon used his line-item veto power this week to veto $500,000 in additional funding that was appropriated to the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program during the 2014 legislative session. He also withheld $500,000 from existing funding for ATA, citing concerns about decreased state revenues. The upshot is that the ATA program will continue to exist, but will operate with funding at $500,000 below 2013 levels for the time being.
His actions will hurt those organizations that work to assist women facing crisis pregnancies in the state of Missouri by significantly decreasing access to state funds. Governor Nixon could release the $500,000 he withheld from the program at some point in the 2014 fiscal year. The MCC remains hopeful that state revenue will be such that he will do so.
Posted: June 27, 2014