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State Budget Director Linda Luebbering answers question during a press conference Friday, June 28, 2013, in her Missouri Capitol office in Jefferson City. Luebbering offered details about the $400 million Gov. Nixon announced he was withholding from the fiscal year 2014 budget.

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Cutting ‘1,000 jobs’ not a sure thing

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday his announcement that a possible budget shortfall could lead to cutting another 1,000 state employee positions doesn’t mean those jobs automatically are gone. Nixon said that withholding $400 million was only a “down payment” on budget cuts needed if lawmakers override his veto of a bill cutting income taxes.

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