JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday encouraged state legislators to keep his vetoes intact at next week's veto session to maintain what he says is a healthy fiscal stability for the state.
"The fiscally responsible path is to sustain my vetoes on 'Friday favors' and line-item vetoes," Nixon said. The veto session is scheduled to begin at noon Wednesday.
"Friday favors" is the term Nixon applies to bills passed on the last day of the legislative session that he said appeal to special interests through tax breaks and pork projects.
"Everybody knows that we don't have the money," Nixon said of the ability of the state to operate at its current budget.
Regarding some of his vetoes, Nixon said some programs, like those supporting bio-diesel and job training, were worthwhile, but the Legislature must make some difficult but necessary decisions in harsh times.
Legislators must "put themselves in the shoes of Missouri families who have to make hard choices," Nixon said. "State government must live within its means.".
When asked about his veto of the 72-hour waiting period on abortion bill (House Bill 1307), Nixon said to "not allow exceptions for rape and incest is extreme."
House Bill 1307 would extend the current waiting period for a woman to get an abortion in Missouri from 24 hours to 72 hours. The 24-hour law has been in effect since 2006.
Overall, Nixon communicated that he believed Missouri's economy was recovering, but that an unbalanced budget threatened it and his vetoes would help keep state spending in check.
"We clearly saw a trough in the past fiscal year, but we're working our way up," Nixon said of the Missouri economy. "We don't need to grow the government now," he said.