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Former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is blocking millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending in a budget-balancing move near the end of his term.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that he was restricting $51 million of budgeted spending, including nearly $43 million for the Medicaid health care program and nearly $9 million in bonding authority. In both cases, Nixon said the budgeted spending wasn’t needed because of savings achieved by his administration.

He also cited declining corporate tax revenues as a reason for the cuts.

Nixon simultaneously announced that he was releasing $4 million that he had previously restricted, including nearly $2 million for building renovations at Missouri State University and $1 million in transportation aid for K-12 schools.

Nixon is to be succeeded Jan. 9 by Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.