2015 budget

Education
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:16 am

As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri's budget concerns are continuing to mount.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office says the state cannot count on receiving $50 million of tobacco settlement proceeds in time to be used during the 2015 budget year that starts July 1.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri budget would restore Medicaid benefits

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a state budget that could restore Medicaid benefits that were cut a decade ago.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget

Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:27 am

House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.

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Politics
7:50 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri budget negotiators face Friday deadline

Missouri Capitol
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The state Senate's budget chief says there are no plans to revise Missouri's financial projections despite a recent decline in tax revenues.

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:53 pm

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Politics
8:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:41 pm

It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.

First, the Missouri Senate is scheduled this evening to begin debates on the 13 bills making up the state budget, and they may actually try to pass them all tonight, according to Appropriations chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Politics
7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:56 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015

Mo. House Budget Cmte. working on the state's 13 bills that make up FY2015 budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

The roughly $28 billion spending plan still includes a funding increase for the state's K-12 schools, which would be around $122 million if projections by House and Senate Republican leaders turn out to be correct.  If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue picture turns out to be correct, then K-12 spending would increase by $278 million.

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Health
5:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Nixon defends bond issue plan for mental health facility

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 Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his plan to issue $198 million of bonds for a new maximum and intermediate security facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The governor wants to pay off the bonds through annual legislative appropriations. He is proposing to set aside $14 million this year and an additional $14 million in the 2015 budget for the initial bond payments. Nixon touted the plan Thursday at City Hall in Fulton.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Mo. budget leaders agree on revenue estimate for 2015 budget

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Missouri lawmakers responsible for the budget have an agreement on a revenue estimate for next year but say Gov. Jay Nixon did not sign off on it. 

Legislative budget leaders and the governor typically reach a revenue estimate that is the foundation for the budget. Agreeing how much money is available lets officials focus on how to spend that money.

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