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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Republican House leaders are scrapping Gov. Jay Nixon's recommendations for Missouri's budget.

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $30 million of additional state spending for early childhood education programs.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Gov. Jay Nixon is closing out the year by asking state legislators once again to pass a bill expanding Missouri’s Medicaid coverage for lower-income residents.

The democratic governor emphasized that two billion of Missourian’s tax dollars will start flowing to neighboring states that accepted federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs. Nixon says he is still open to meeting with state legislators to hash out concrete specifics of the health care program expansion, which would cover nearly 300,000 more uninsured Missourians.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are placing a wager on the Missouri-Oklahoma State matchup in the Cotton Bowl and a food pantry in one of the two states will be the beneficiary.

Nixon and Fallin are wagering food products from their home states that will be donated to a food mission in the winning team's home state.

Fallin graduated from OSU and Nixon graduated from Missouri.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.

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Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon brought legislators from both parties to a meeting with Kansas City reporters with a renewed call for curbing campaign contributions and ethics reform. 

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Gov. Jay Nixon has filled a cabinet vacancy by appointing fellow Democrat and State Senator Ryan McKenna to head the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  

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