Governor Johanns Vetoes Budget Plan

Governor Mike Johanns Monday vetoed a package of spending cuts and tax increases being proposed by the legislature to balance the state's budget. The legislature's five-point-four billion dollar budget plan relies on higher taxes and smaller spending cuts than johanns wanted.

All three of the bills — aimed at bridging a 756 million dollar shortfall — passed with more than enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto. It takes 30 votes to override a veto. Lawmakers have voiced confidence that their plan will hold up, even though Johanns' republican party holds 33 of 49 seats in the officially nonpartisan legislature. They are to consider overriding the vetoes Wednesday and finish the session on Friday.