Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.
The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich (schwyk). The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler addressed the Columbia Rotary club today to discuss her ideas about how to address the national debt.
Hartzler believes spending plans need a vast renovation if Congress wants to improve the economy. In 10 days, congress could approve the sequester, which will cut funding for schools, medical research, and military defense in order to lower the deficit. Hartzler believes there are other ways around these cuts that would have a more positive impact on the economy.