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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Emails Show Nixon Administration Involvement In Accidental Medicine Tax

Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 9:44 am

Updated 5:02 p.m. May 31

Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Bills favorable to Mo. motorcycle riders sent to Gov. Nixon

Missouri motorcycle riders had several favorable bills sent to Gov. Jay Nixon during this year's legislative session, but a big priority still did not pass.

Lawmakers passed bills that would declare May motorcycle awareness month and would prevent police from setting up "motorcycle-only" checkpoints.

Politics
3:44 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Gov. Nixon considers upping state regulators' clout in federal utility cases

Gov. Jay Nixon considers signing legislation that would allow state regulators to intervene in federal utility cases.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is considering whether to sign legislation that would let state regulators intervene in federal utility cases.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass changes to workers' comp claims

Credit File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replenishing an insolvent state fund for disabled workers and changing the way people get compensation for job-related illnesses.

The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. bill allows return of printed state manual

Missouri's official state manual has been banished to the Internet for the past few years. But it could make a return to print.

The Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would let the secretary of state's office share the electronic publication with a nonprofit organization, which would then print it and distribute to the public.

Known as the "Blue Book," the Official Manual of the State of Missouri contains information about public officials, state agencies, local governments, elections, political parties and various other things.

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Education
3:01 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Failing school districts could receive aid faster thanks to legislation

The new legislation would allow the state to forgo the waiting period and intervene in failing school districts sooner.
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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow quicker state intervention in failing school districts.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House

KWMU.

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:45 am

Early this morning, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would fix the state's ailing Second Injury Fund.

The fund is designed to help disabled workers who suffer a second work-related injury.  It began running out of money after lawmakers eight years ago capped the surcharge businesses have to pay into it.  Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), would temporarily increase the surcharge.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. Medicaid director out of a job

The director of Missouri's Medicaid health care program is out of a job.

Ian McCaslin confirmed to The Associated Press that as of Tuesday, he is no longer the director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services.

McCaslin declined to say whether he resigned or was dismissed by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

A Nixon spokesman referred questions to the department. The department provided a memo from Director Alan Freeman noting McCaslin is leaving but did not elaborate.

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon May 13, 2013

With 1 Week Left, What Remains For Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session?

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:00 am

The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived.  The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.

Nixon vs. lawmakers, tax credit reform

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Scaled-Back Tax Cut Legislation Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 3:08 am


A proposal to cut state income taxes in Missouri for both individuals and businesses is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
3:13 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. lawmakers vote to repeal renters tax break

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More than 100,000 low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing could lose a tax break under a bill given final approval by Missouri lawmakers.

The bill passed Thursday would eliminate a tax break of up to $750 annually for individuals and redirect the nearly $57 million of savings to existing state programs.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Nixon Threatens Layoffs Over 8-Month Budget For Missouri's Motor Vehicles Division

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:05 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is threatening to lay off state workers unless Republican lawmakers fully fund the Missouri Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicles Division for a full fiscal year.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Missouri bill prohibits use of foreign laws

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Court rulings based on laws made outside the U.S. would be unenforceable in Missouri if those laws violate the state or U.S. constitutions under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The House passed the measure 109-41 on Wednesday. The bill passed the Senate last month and now heads to the governor.

Versions of the bill considered in previous years specifically prohibited Islamic Sharia Law, but this legislation would affect all foreign legal codes.

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Politics
8:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. bill would nullify federal gun control laws

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The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would nullify federal gun control laws and allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

The measure passed 116-38 by the House on Wednesday would declare all federal laws regulating guns to be unenforceable within Missouri's borders.

The legislation would also allow guns less than 16 inches to be openly carried even in localities that have ordinances prohibiting open-carry. It would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.

Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House, Senate Negotiators Approve Final Version Of FY2014 Mo. Budget

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:29 am

Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.


The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.  It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Governor Jay Nixon (D), which disappointed committee member and State Senator Kiki Curls (D, Kansas City).

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Politics
8:54 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Nixon touts nonprofit online university in new ad

KBIA File Photo

A nonprofit virtual college is getting another vote of confidence from Missouri's chief executive.
Gov. Jay Nixon touts Western Governors University in a new television and radio ad airing in Columbia, St. Louis and other major media markets.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House votes to look at Medicaid expansion next year

Credit File / KBIA

After declining to expand Medicaid coverage this year, the Missouri House has passed a bill that would create a committee to study the issue next year.

The House passed the measure 133-27 yesterday. It would create a joint committee of House and Senate members to look at ways to "transform" the state's Medicaid program. The committee would begin at the end of the current session until the 2015 session's start in January.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Gov. Nixon remains opposed to tax legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains opposed to a bill that would raise the state sales tax while cutting income taxes for individuals and businesses.

Nixon released a statement Thursday saying that a sales tax increase would shift the tax burden to seniors and veterans on fixed incomes. He said it "is not the right approach to growing our economy or creating jobs."

His reaction comes after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would gradually cut the individual income tax by two-thirds of a percentage point over five years while also reducing business taxes.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Career Center closure in Moberly could give unemployed more challenges

Clients of the Career Center in Moberly, Mo. may have to travel as far as Columbia to receive services if the center closes as planned.
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Clients of the Career Center in Moberly, Mo. may have to travel as far as Columbia to meet their unemployment needs if the center closes as scheduled later this month.

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Business
3:42 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

New rail transfer facility helps businesses in Washington, Mo.

Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.

Nixon was in Washington, Mo., on Monday to help dedicate the $4.2 million rail transfer project.

Nixon says the project helped two local businesses expand their operations and create about 330 jobs. He was joined at the event by officials from those businesses — CG Power Systems and Canam Steel.

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Crime
5:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Columbia remembers Tom Clements

Tom Clements
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

Friends and family gathered in Woodcrest Chapel on Friday to honor the life of Tom Clements, the Colorado Department of Corrections executive director who was killed March 19.

Clements lived in Columbia for 27 years before moving to Colorado in 2011. He and his family attended Woodcrest for 15 of those years. Clements worked at the Missouri Department of Corrections for about three decades, working his way up from probation officer to director of the Division of Adult Institutions.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Mo. lawmakers send legislation to governor to tax out of state vehicles

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Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval.  The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year because it did not give local voters a say in whether they wanted such a tax.

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Politics
9:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Nixon: 'Mo. Dept. Of Revenue Is Not Forwarding Info On Citizens To DC'

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:17 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is not forwarding information on applicants for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry endorsements to the federal government.

He became exasperated with reporters who asked questions about the controversy during a press conference today at the State Capitol.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nixon open to GOP-backed Medicaid plan, but with changes

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Governor Jay Nixon says he could support the House Republicans’ alternate Medicaid proposal, but only if some crucial changes are made.  He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system.  Nixon told reporters that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Politics
9:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Mo. House panel to consider tax overhaul

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A Missouri House committee plans to hear testimony this week on a contentious tax overhaul that has already cleared the state Senate.

The Republican-backed measure would gradually reduce the state's income tax rate by three-quarters of a percentage point over five years while gradually raising the state sales tax by half a percentage point over the same period.

Politics
4:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Gov. Nixon announces trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea

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Nearing the conclusion of a week-long trip to Asia, Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday announced trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods for the next four years.

Nixon says Missouri farmers will feel a positive impact from these arrangements, noting that the state’s corn and soybeans are recognized for their quality, and that Missourians can deliver the quantities within these agreements.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Missouri makes $700 million in export deals with Taiwan

Soybean products are just an example of products being sold to Taiwanese consumers.
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Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has signed off on deals to sell $700 million of products to Taiwanese consumers over the next four years.

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Politics
8:55 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mo. labor dept. director appointed to new post

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The director of the Missouri's labor department has been appointed to a new position as an administrative judge for workers' compensation cases.

Governor Jay Nixon's office said Monday that Larry Rebman will serve as a workers' compensation judge in Kansas City, where he previously worked as an attorney concentrating in employment matters.

Rebman has led the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations since Nixon became governor in 2009. He also previously worked as an assistant state attorney general.

Politics
8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

(Tim Lloyd for St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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