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Another Gov. Nixon Travel/Budget Scandal

November 10th, 2011 by mopns · No Comments

What’s the deal with Governor Nixon when it comes to his travel and budgets? An AP story yesterday details how Nixon is paying a former Mizzou football player to be his ‘travel aide.’ There’s nothing wrong with the governor having a travel aide – as long as it’s paid out of the governor’s own budget:

The Missouri budget specifically prohibits the Department of Economic Development, as well as most other state agencies, from paying for the travel or staffing costs of the governor’s office or other statewide officials.Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said Wednesday that he didn’t believe the administration violated that budget law with Gettys’ work arrangement…

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia whose district includes the university, said Gettys’ summertime travels with the governor raise questions about whether he really was a Department of Economic Development employee or was essentially an employee of Nixon’s office. Read more…

Readers will remember that MOPNS broke the story in 2007 on how Nixon was using his official vehicle while campaigning for governor:

Flashback Videos:  Jay Nixon’s Illegal Joy Rides

H/T:BRDT1

Jay Nixon uses his official state vehicle to attend fundraiser in Kirksville

Jay Nixon in Ladue, MO this time using his taxpayer-financed car for fundraising

Related:

Kay Wilson: “Jay Nixon Has Been Caught Red-Handed Using Official State Resources” (Again!)

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