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Politics
8:29 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Gov. Nixon requests $3.5 million for utility assistance

The harsh winter months have left several low-income families with high energy bills, but Gov. Jay Nixon’s $3.5 million amendment to his supplementary budget might help.

Nixon said Monday that the funding would be included in general reve

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Health
4:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

State employees now have on-site access to health care

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Gov. Jay Nixon officially dedicated the Strive for Wellness Health Center at the Truman State Office Building today.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

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Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:48 pm

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri governor endorses Keystone oil pipeline

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is supporting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining other Midwestern governors who are urging President Barack Obama to approve its construction.

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Politics
8:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:27 pm

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Nixon blames House for lack of Fulton State Hospital funds

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Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the House are butting heads over how to fund renovations and upgrades to Fulton State Hospital.  The hospital, which is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi, is in major need of a fix up and has become a hazard to employees and patients.  In fact, one of every three employees at Fulton State Hospital has to go to the hospital for workplace related injuries. 

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Nixon signs Mo. candidate filing legislation

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Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could give deployed military members and the disabled a chance to be listed first on a ballot if they run for office.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Nixon criticizes House for ignoring hospital plan

Governor Jay Nixon said he is "sick and tired" of waiting for funds for a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is criticizing House budget writers for not going along with his plan for constructing a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.

The governor wants to issue $198 million in bonds for the facility. He asked lawmakers for $14 million in the current state budget for initial bond payments, but the House Budget Committee did not include those funds in its proposal.

Politics
8:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Nixon to sign Mo. candidate filing legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that could give deployed military members and the disabled a chance to be listed first on a ballot if they run for office.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Mo. price breaks persist for Little Tobacco

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The state of Missouri faces the loss of nearly $70 million this year in tobacco settlement payments due to a unique pricing advantage enjoyed by some cigarette companies.

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Politics
8:21 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Nixon Outlines Requirements For Tax Cut Plan That He Could Support

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:05 pm

(Updated 12:45 p.m. Fri., Feb. 14)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has unveiled a tentative deal for a tax-cut package made with some Republicans in the state Senate, but his requirements could delay when -- or if -- the cuts go into effect.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand Medicaid services to cover uninsured citizens looking for mental health services.
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Gov. Jay Nixon is reiterating his push for Medicaid reform, saying expanding the program would cover the 50,000 currently uninsured Missourians who need mental health services.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Mo. House will not use Nixon's budget recommendations

Republican House leaders will not be using Gov. Jay Nixon's budet recommendations.
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Republican House leaders are scrapping Gov. Jay Nixon's recommendations for Missouri's budget.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Missouri Senate panel blocks MU curator appointment

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A Missouri Senate committee has blocked one of Gov. Jay Nixon's nominees to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder failed Wednesday on a 5-5 vote.

Ponder was first tapped by Nixon for the post in January 2013. The Senate did not act on his nomination last year, but Nixon reappointed Ponder in June and he has been serving on the board since then.

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Panel mulls proposal over Mo. gov.'s budget power

Missouri House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri House committee is considering legislation aimed at curbing the governor's budget power.

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Business
4:53 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Nixon announces increased propane subsidy

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Gov. Jay Nixon is making $15 million available to help Missourians cope with rising propane prices.

Nixon says the money would allow low-income people to continue heating their homes even though gas prices have increased to more than $4 per gallon.

The funds would come from the federal government's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Nixon is also doubling the amount each household can receive for propane assistance.

The Missouri Propane Gas Association says the high costs are due to increased exports, colder weather and higher-than-expected crop yields.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Mo. panel probes Nixon's plan for mental hospital

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Missouri lawmakers have questions about Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to issue bonds for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to issue $198 million of bonds and pay them off through annual legislative appropriations. He proposes setting aside $14 million this year and an additional $14 million in the 2015 budget for initial bond payments.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gov. Nixon's nominees delayed in Senate panel

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at a past event.
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Nominations for key boards and positions in state government are being stalled in a Senate committee.

Senators said Wednesday that a lack of communication with Gov. Jay Nixon's administration was to blame for the delay. Committee chairman Sen. Tom Dempsey says the nominations of Richard Fordyce as agriculture director, Gregg Smith as highway commissioner, and Joseph Driskill and Victor Lenz as education board members are stalled for at least one week.

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Business
8:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Nixon says Mo. to pay off unemployment debt early

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mo. senator concerned about Fulton hospital bonds

Downtown Fulton
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A key Missouri senator is raising concerns about Governor Jay Nixon's plan to issue $198 million of bonds for new mental hospital facilities.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mo. lawmakers, governor $370M apart on budget

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Governor Jay Nixon's budget if they don't want to go along with his financial assumptions.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon calls for protections for gay workers

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the state's Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the measure's chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.

Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.

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Education
9:02 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon proposes $30M for early childhood ed

Children in a preschool classroom
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $30 million of additional state spending for early childhood education programs.

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Politics
8:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon proposes 3 percent pay raise for Mo. workers

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $37.1 million to boost wages for state government workers.

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Education
8:18 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Nixon recommends hospital renovation for classes

Lincoln University
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the Legislature for $10 million to renovate a hospital for classes at Lincoln University.

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Politics
8:09 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considering gun law nullification

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A Missouri Senate panel is taking up legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.

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Business
3:41 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Nixon proposes additional $4.5M worker training

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing an additional $4.5 million for a program that offers customized worker training for companies that create or retain jobs in Missouri.

The governor said Thursday the funding boost would go to Missouri Works Training. Nixon will release his budget recommendations next week for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Nixon's office says Missouri Works Training last year helped train more than 35,000 workers at 339 companies statewide.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Missouri House Democrats to lay out tax cut proposal

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Missouri House Democrats are preparing to outline a tax cut proposal, despite their fierce opposition to a Republican tax plan last year.

Rep. Jon Carpenter, a Democrat from Kansas City, was expected to file legislation and release his plan to reduce state taxes on Monday.

Another Kansas City Democrat, Sen. Jolie Justus, has signaled that her party would be open to tax cuts under certain circumstance. She says it is a matter of who benefits from the cuts.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Nixon denies politics in parole board appointment

Gov. Jay Nixon.
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Gov. Jay Nixon says his appointment of a Missouri lawmaker to the state parole board was based on merit and not politics.

Several Republican senators have said they intend to block the confirmation of former House member Dennis Fowler to the parole board because Fowler helped sustain Nixon's veto of an income tax bill last year. Some senators said the appointment looks like a political reward from Nixon.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Nixon to give State of the State speech Jan. 21

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 21.

The governor outlines his legislative priorities during the speech and also releases his state budget proposal. Nixon plans to make his remarks at 7 p.m. to a joint session of the House and Senate.

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