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Politics
7:57 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawsuit seeks to compel Mo. Gov. to set elections

A new lawsuit seeks to compel Governor Jay Nixon to call special elections to fill four vacant legislative seats.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cole County claims Nixon is shirking his duties by not setting special elections.

The 120th House District has been vacant since June, when Republican Representative Jason Smith of Salem won a special election to Congress.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nixon releases money to help rebuild NE Mo. school

Gov. Jay Nixon has released $1 million in state funding to help rebuild a northeast Missouri vocational school destroyed by fire.

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Politics
7:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:07 am

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Missouri's 2013 Veto Session Begins Wednesday

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:24 am

The showdown between Missouri's Democratic Governor and the Republican-led General Assembly finally arrives this week, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City for their annual veto session.  Governor Jay Nixon struck down 29 bills this year, with most of the post-veto attention falling on two bills in particular, a controversial tax cut proposal and an even more controversial attempt to nullify federal gun control laws.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a look at what may or may not happen on Wednesday.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Analysis: Huge Mo. tax cut largely hypothetical

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA file photo

Governor Jay Nixon says a clause in the income tax cut bill he vetoed could have triggered a $1.2 billion run on the state treasury because the cuts could apply retroactively to the last 3 years.

Attorney General Chris Koster agreed with Nixon's legal analysis this past week, as Republicans consider overriding the veto. But the dollar amount projection remains largely hypothetical.

The Missouri bill would trigger a one-half of a percent reduction in state income tax rates if the federal government enacts a measure making it easier for states to collect online sales taxes. That bill has stalled in the U.S. House.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Ag groups want Gov. Nixon to oppose Mo. River dredging

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Nearly a dozen Missouri agriculture groups sent a letter to Governor Jay Nixon this week calling for his support to oppose a dredging project in the Missouri River.

The project – near Arrow Rock, Missouri – was set up several years ago to create a shallow water habitat for several fish species including the pallid sturgeon – an endangered fish. Under the US Army Corps of Engineers plan, the soil excavated from the site would be deposited into the Missouri River.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 3:18 pm

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:09 pm

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

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Weather
7:54 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Nixon visits flooded areas in southern Missouri

Credit Photo provided by Miller County Emergency Management.

Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy. 

Nixon praised the work of local organizations in their response efforts, including the Red Cross, whose Waynesville shelter housed 27 people Wednesday night. Nixon has called upon the Missouri National Guard for security and traffic control, as numerous streets have been closed, including sections of I-44 earlier this week.

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Business
5:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cerner says thousands of new employees could be housed on new KCMO campus site

Cerner, one of the largest employers in Kansas City, announced Thursday afternoon it intends to purchase about 237 acres at the site of the former Bannister Mall, which it hopes to use to build a new campus to house thousands of new employees.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:01 am

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

CertainTeed plans shingle factory in Montgomery County

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CertainTeed Corp. plans a new $100 million manufacturing and distribution center in the eastern Missouri town of Jonesburg, a facility expected to create 100 new jobs.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:37 am

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

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CoMo Explained
7:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Why are Mo. politicians so riled up about the tax cut bill?

H.B. 253 does not contain any actual threats to Abraham Lincoln's face. But to tax rates, yeah, definitely.

This week Como Explained dives into the tax cut bill the Governor vetoed. It's not dead yet.

Como Explained: Episode 11

We’ve talked about the Republican veto-proof majority on this show before. Well, that’s one of the main causes behind a situation playing out in Jefferson City (and across the state) right now.

Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature this year that would reduce the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points.  Both would be phased in over the next 10 years. Many Republicans touted the bill as one of their key accomplishments in the 2013 session, and if it becomes law, it will likely be the most noticeable change in the state that comes out of this past session.

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Politics
7:55 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A bill for home brewers one of seven bills signed by Nixon

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Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:54 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) Wednesday signed eight bills into law that were passed this year by Missouri lawmakers.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Gov. Nixon vetoes income tax bill, Republicans consider override

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Some Republican lawmakers are vowing to try to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that reduced income taxes. Shortly after the Democratic governor rejected the bill today, the leading sponsors of the legislation said they would attempt to get the two-thirds vote needed to override his veto when the Legislature convenes in September.

Republicans hold enough seats in the House in Senate to override Nixon’s veto without any Democratic support. They would have to hold all of the GOP members together in the House and could afford to have only one Republican defect in the Senate.

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Politics
8:29 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Bill could give relief to public defenders - if Gov. Nixon signs

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Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The measure would allow the public defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nixon to decide on unemployment measure

Credit File / KBIA

Legislation awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon seeks to comply with federal mandates for Missouri's unemployment benefits system.

The measure also could make it more difficult for workers to receive jobless benefits if they are let go after an unapproved absence or if they knowingly violate a company rule.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Lawmakers hope third time's the charm for use tax

Missouri lawmakers have voted for a third time to reinstate local taxes on cars, trucks and boats bought from out-of-state dealers or in private transactions.

The state Supreme Court struck down such taxes in 2012 but said a local "use tax" could be levied on such purchases if local voters approved. Legislators approved proposals to reverse the ruling's effect last year and again this year. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill would require consent for fee collections

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would require public employee unions to get annual consent from their members to deduct fees automatically from paychecks.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. Senate panel backs funding for First Steps

The Missouri Senate is currently going through the state's 2013 proposed budget.
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A Missouri Senate panel had endorsed a new funding source for a program that serves developmentally disabled children.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. House speaker calls on Nixon to open records

The Missouri House speaker says lawmakers will take action if Gov. Jay Nixon fails to order the release of records in recent child tragedies.

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. House Republicans propose alternative to Medicaid

Credit File / KBIA

Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.

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Politics
8:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

State budget scheduled for debate today in Mo. House

Credit File / KBIA

The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon heads to east Asia

Office of Missouri Governor

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to South Korea and Taiwan to sign several trade agreements.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Nixon supports state's drug task forces

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon says it’s important to keep the state’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces on the front lines.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

More on the money in medicaid expansion debate

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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. In his recent state of the state address, Nixon argued the expansion would create jobs for many Missourians and would bring increased revenue to the state.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Senate confirms cabinet appointment held up by $5.6M airplane questions

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.

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Talking Politics
5:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Talking Politics: State of the medicaid expansion debate

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at his State of the state address in Jefferson City. January 28, 2013.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his state of the state speech Monday night;  to a legislature that this year again has enough Republican members that if they all vote together, they won’t even need his signature to alter the state’s laws.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Legislators question state's purchase of $5.6M airplane

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Some Republicans in the State Senate are expressing outrage that the Missouri Highway Patrol spent more than $5.5 million on a new airplane that could be used by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other elected state officials. 

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