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

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The Missouri Supreme Court is examining whether the governor has wide discretion to cut spending, even when revenues aren't running short.

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Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.

The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich (schwyk).
The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.

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Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led Legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

Cities and counties would be able to resume collecting taxes on cars that were not purchased at Missouri dealers under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate voted 28-0 to send the bill to the House on Monday.

A Missouri Supreme Court decision last year has prohibited local governments from collecting sales taxes on cars bought from out-of-state dealers or from a private sale between Missouri residents.

Lawmakers in the Missouri House and Senate continue to grill members of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration as to why it was necessary to spend $5.6 million on a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Senate budget writers on Wednesday that he made the call to buy the King Air 250.

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Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to expand Medicaid health care coverage in Missouri has encountered a new wrinkle of opposition from some lawmakers.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee raised concerns Monday that the Medicaid expansion could hurt the state's credit rating.

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Missouri mental health officials are hoping a possible state bonding package could permit construction of a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital and is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility that would cost about $211 million.

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During a visit with business and healthcare leaders on the MU campus Thursday. Governor Jay Nixon said expanding Missouri's Medicaid program would bring more federal money to the state and create about 24,000 new jobs in the first year. Nixon called the expansion a smart business decision that would bring Missouri taxpayer money back into the state.

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Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent.  Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.

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Healthcare reform was on the agenda in Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2013 State of the State address as he called upon lawmakers to broaden Medicaid so more Missourians would have access to healthcare. Nixon’s proposed budget includes an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program. Estimates are the plan would add nearly 260,000 lower-income adults to the healthcare program through the use of $908 million in federal funds, money that would be received by opting in to the federal Medicaid expansion.

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Doctors and other medical professionals could be in line for a pay hike under Governor Jay Nixon's plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri.

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A Missouri Senate committee is set to review the state's numerous tax credit programs and their impact on the state budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing Monday on tax credits before it takes up Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The 61 tax credit programs currently offered by Missouri cost the state nearly $630 million in the latest fiscal year. Last week, the Senate approved another one, with an estimated yearly cost of $3 million, to attract amateur sporting events to the state.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand subsidized child care to more than 2,800 children whose parents are gradually moving up the pay scale at work.

Nixon's proposed budget includes a $6.3 million funding increase for what's described as "transitional child care." The money would allow low-income parents who get raises to continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.

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Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday night's State of the State Address. It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will lay out his proposed budget Monday when he delivers his annual State of the State address.

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Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee for a top administration post is stalled in Missouri's Senate over the purchase of a $5.6 million state plane.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has named two Democratic lawyers to the board that oversees the four-campus University of Missouri system.

The appointments of John Phillips and Michael Ponder to the University of Missouri Board of Curators were announced Friday. They would serve until 2019 if the appointments are confirmed by the state Senate.

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Governor Jay Nixon announced today that Paul C. Wilson will be the newest member of the Missouri Supreme Court. Wilson will fill the vacant spot left by William Ray Price Jr.

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to announce his support for a major health care initiative.

Nixon scheduled news conferences Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Barnes Jewish Center in St. Louis and Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield.

He will be joined at some of the stops by officials from the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Primary Care Association. Both groups are part of a new coalition urging Missouri to expand Medicaid eligibility as called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

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New reports show Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon entered the final month before the November elections with three times as much campaign cash as his Republican challenger.

Finance figures released Monday show the Democratic governor had $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for St. Louis businessman Dave Spence.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican nominee Dave Spence met today in Columbia and pitched their respective platforms at a live forum.         

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has begun running a TV ad linking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to President Barack Obama.

The ad that began airing Tuesday criticizes the Democratic governor for implementing Obama's economic stimulus act in Missouri and shows pictures of Obama and Nixon together. Spence's ad claims that the stimulus has failed and that Missouri's economy is poor.

Nixon's campaign manager claimed Spence is running a "dishonest and desperate" campaign. Nixon asserts that Missouri's economy has been improving.

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Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of anti-contraceptive coverage bill has been overridden by both the Missouri House and Senate.

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Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill expanding religious exceptions for insurance coverage of birth control.

Gov. Jay Nixon is reviving a commission that recommended widespread changes to Missouri's tax credit programs.

Nixon says the growing cost of state tax credits is reason to reconvene the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission on Sept. 12.

The panel released a report in late 2010 recommending that Missouri eliminate some of its 61 tax credit programs and reduce or change others.

But lawmakers have done little because of a disagreement among those who want to pare back Missouri's tax breaks and others who want to create new incentives for businesses.

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R) has released a letter he sent this week to Governor Jay Nixon (D) expressing concerns over his administration’s handling of a contract for a St. Louis County license fee office.

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Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence spent Friday persuading members of the Missouri Farm Bureau to give them their endorsement.  Nixon told them that he has sought relief for drought-plagued farmers, hawked Missouri farm products around the world, and stood up to his own party’s president over how much work kids can do on family farms.

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