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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.

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon legislation to let the state award additional tax credits for donations to maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers and food pantries.

The House gave final approval to the measure with a 121-25 vote on Wednesday. The Senate passed it earlier this year.

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Missouri lawmakers could decide this week whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon but has yet to vote on them.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, says he'll seek input from the rest of the committee before deciding whether to hold a vote on the three impeachment articles.

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.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.

Hearings began Wednesday on three articles of impeachment against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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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.

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.

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A Republican-led Missouri House committee plans to hold a hearing on measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.

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A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Missouri officials have selected a company to design plans for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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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.

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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri tax cut proposal at more than $620 million annually.

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Missouri House Republicans were told they could face primary opposition this year if they voted to sustain Governor Jay Nixon's veto of income tax cut legislation.

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped a Springfield attorney to serve on the state Ethics Commission.

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Missouri cancer patients soon could find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills.

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Missouri's Capitol will be quieter this week as state lawmakers take a weeklong spring break.

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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.

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

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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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.

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

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