Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appears to punish MoDOT for taxpayer-funded poll on motorcylcle helmet law with political motivations behind it

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“The governor thought that political polling was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and therefor he took it out of their administrative budget for next year,” Cardetti said.

Transportation department spokeswoman Sally Oxenhandler said Friday that agency officials “have no response at this point” to Nixon’s veto.

Nixon has until mid-July to decide whether to sign or veto the motorcycle helmet legislation.

The governor’s office has been inundated with e-mails from motorcyclists urging him to sign the legislation. Those e-mails, obtained by The Associated Press under the open-records law, include several in which the authors describe assurances by Nixon that he will sign it.

In an interview with the AP last month, Nixon denounced the poll, declaring: “Taxpayers are darn sick and tired of people spending public money to lobby public officials like that.”

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