Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence calls for travel freeze

Thursday, September 6, 2012 | 1:40 p.m. CDT; updated 5:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Republican nominee for governor is calling for a moratorium on "unnecessary travel" by state employees — starting with Gov. Jay Nixon.

Dave Spence said Thursday thatthe Democratic governor should order the travel restrictions as part of a general belt-tightening by the state.

Spence noted the state already has borrowed $200 million from its reserves barely two months into the new fiscal year. He also pointed to an audit released Wednesday that said Nixon's office had shifted $1.7 million of travel, personnel and office costs to other agencies over several years.

Nixon has defended the way his office allocates costs to agencies.

A campaign spokesman said Thursday that Nixon has a strong record of fiscal responsibility, noting he has kept the budget in balance without raising taxes.

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