Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.
Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions. His rejection on Monday fell on the deadline for the governor take action on bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is making more cuts to public education because of a decline in casino and lottery revenues.
Nixon announced more than $35 million of new spending restrictions Tuesday. That's on top of $22 million of restrictions announced in April.
The Democratic governor said lottery and casino revenues are not meeting the amounts assumed in the 2014 budget that runs through June 30. Because the gambling revenues are dedicated to education, Nixon says the cuts must come from that area.
Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:01 pm
In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.
The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.
A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.
Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:57 pm
With a new tax-cut package on his desk, Missouri Gov. Nixon has zeroed in on a new “fatal flaw’’ that his administration says could wipe out 65 percent of the state’s general-revenue income used to fund most state services and aid to public schools.
The details may be different, but the basic argument mirrors last year’s fight, when Nixon successfully killed a tax-cut bill by highlighting flaws that he said would cost the state's treasury – and the public – far more than the bill’s backers had intended.
A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state heads toward the last few months of its fiscal year.
State figures released Wednesday show the state's net general revenue increased 1.7 percent through March compared with the same point last year.
State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue numbers show Missouri is on pace to meet this year's budget projections set by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. But she added that sales tax receipts are currently coming in below projections.
Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:12 pm
The Missouri House has passed all 13 budget bills with an estimated $26.6 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.
During Thursday's round of budget votes, House Democrats began sharply criticizing this year's budget writing process. Along with Gov. Jay Nixon, they disagree with House Republicans about how much revenue they think the state will take in. State Rep. Margo McNeil, D-Hazelwood, accused GOP leaders of crafting an unnecessarily low budget.
A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.
The request for a temporary restraining order was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. It's part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by several Missouri residents, including officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention. They're challenging a decision by Governor Nixon's administration to accept combined tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.
Missouri senators have endorsed an income tax cut that could eventually waive an estimated $464 million a year in state revenues.
The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would cut taxes by half of the amount originally proposed by a Republican-led committee. It could gradually cut the state's top individual income tax rate to 5 and a half percent from the current 6 percent.
It also could phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual income tax returns, and add a $500 tax deduction for lower-income individuals.
A Missouri commission has approved tax credits to build low-income housing after delaying their issuance last year.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission unanimously endorsed issuing about $14 million in tax credits Friday for about 1,600 housing units.
The commission had delayed approving the tax credits in December as part of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's negotiations with certain senators to pass a $1.7 billion incentive package to lure production of Boeing aircraft. Boeing ultimately opted against Missouri.