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5:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Nixon speaks out again about tax cut bill veto

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Governor Jay Nixon continues to speak out against the tax cut bill he vetoed last week, in the hopes that any override attempt this fall will fail.  

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Nixon weighs gun legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deciding whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.

The legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.

Nixon has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon considers tougher legislation on sexual crimes

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is considering measures that could send more people convicted of sexually violent crimes to prison with longer sentences.

Lawmakers sent Nixon measures to redefine rape and other violent crimes in an effort put more people behind bars on felony convictions.

Supporters say the measures would increase protections for sexual assault victims. But the state public defender system argues that more people behind bars for longer terms will cost taxpayers.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. bill would limit Highway Patrol purchases

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate declines in April

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House not giving info on gun database access

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The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Nixon denounces partial funding of license agency

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers that he’ll lay off state workers if full funding isn’t restored to the budget for the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicles division.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. Senate passes funding for hospital, Capitol

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The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Mo. Senate Republicans

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Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:18 am

Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years.  Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit is handling the measure in the Senate.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Gov. Nixon remains opposed to tax legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains opposed to a bill that would raise the state sales tax while cutting income taxes for individuals and businesses.

Nixon released a statement Thursday saying that a sales tax increase would shift the tax burden to seniors and veterans on fixed incomes. He said it "is not the right approach to growing our economy or creating jobs."

His reaction comes after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would gradually cut the individual income tax by two-thirds of a percentage point over five years while also reducing business taxes.

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Politics
11:48 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Nixon expects more than 1,000 to rally for Medicaid expansion

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Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it is expecting more than 1,000 people to rally at the Missouri Capitol in support of Medicaid expansion. The Democratic governor plans to speak at this afternoon's event as part of his effort to expand Medicaid to more lower-income adults as envisioned by the federal health care law.

Republican legislators so far have refused to embrace a Medicaid expansion. And the prospects may be getter dimmer.

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Politics
11:37 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Koster has more than $400,000 ready for gubernatorial race

Chris Koster speaks at a press conference in Kansas City on Thursday, February 9th, 2012.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.

Koster filed a quarterly finance report Monday indicating he had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The Democratic attorney general confirmed last week that he is "making the necessary preparations" to run for governor.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House panel endorses ending renter tax credit

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The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Nixon signs tax incentive bill

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 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill today that authorizes tax incentives for large sporting events and for some charitable donations. 

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Politics
3:09 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon open to Medicaid alternative

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing to push for a Medicaid expansion, but he's open to alternatives that could use federal money to buy private insurance for lower-income adults.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. House passes $25B budget without Medicaid plan

The House-approved 2014 Missouri budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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The Missouri House has passed a nearly $25 billion budget that would fund modest increases for public education, but not the Medicaid expansion sought by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. House defeats Medicaid expansion effort

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The Missouri House has rejected another Democratic effort to add a Medicaid expansion to the state budget.

The House opened debate Tuesday on the state's 2014 budget by defeating an effort to send the budget back to a committee in hopes of adding more than $900 million of federal funds to expand Medicaid for low-income adults.

The defeat of Tuesday's motion was almost a foregone conclusion in the Republican-led House, because the House Budget Committee had previously rejected the Medicaid expansion.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Gov. Nixon announces trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea

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Nearing the conclusion of a week-long trip to Asia, Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday announced trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods for the next four years.

Nixon says Missouri farmers will feel a positive impact from these arrangements, noting that the state’s corn and soybeans are recognized for their quality, and that Missourians can deliver the quantities within these agreements.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. Senate sends tax credit overhaul to House

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Missouri senators have passed legislation scaling back tax breaks for developers and offering new incentives for high-tech businesses and world trade.

The Senate's 27-7 vote earlier today sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Deadline looms for Missouri decision on health exchange

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Missouri has less than 24 hours to decide whether it wants to join with the federal government to set up a health exchange in the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon told U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last November that state law prevents him from moving forward with anything without legislative approval. And, there doesn’t appear to be much traction among state lawmakers.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

What does Medicaid have to do with Missouri's credit rating?

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  Governor Jay Nixon loves to brag about Missouri’s “spotless Triple-A” credit rating and did so again in his State of the State speech. But that rating might be in danger now, according to a statement released by credit rating agency Moody’s on Tuesday.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Gov. Nixon defends purchase of new airplane

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending the purchase of a new state airplane that can be used by the governor, other state officials and law enforcement officers.

Nixon says the $5.6 million airplane bought by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was a good long-term investment for law enforcement and safety.

The Democratic governor already has flown on the new King Air 250.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

“Missourah” and “Missouree” by the numbers in Nixon's state of the state address

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A notorious flip-flopper in the age-old "Missourah"/"Missouri" debate, democratic Governor Jay Nixon has been known to switch from one to the other in a single sentence.  In speeches, he tends to favor "Missourah."  At this year's State of the State address, he leaned on "Missourah" 1.7 times for each "Missouri."

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Politics
5:23 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mo. House speaker to give GOP response to Nixon

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response next week to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature at 7 p.m. Monday in the House chamber.

The GOP response by Jones will be prerecorded and broadcast about five minutes after Nixon completes his speech.

Last year, Jones and Senate Appropriations Committee Kurt Schaefer gave a joint Republican response to Nixon's annual speech. The responsibility fell to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder during the previous three years.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Gov. Nixon to set special election for June 4

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to officially set the special election date on Wednesday.
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Gov. Jay Nixon plans to set June 4 as the special election date to fill the vacant seat in the Eighth District in southeast Missouri.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson sent Nixon a letter Tuesday notifying him that her resignation from the seat would be effective at 11:59 p.m.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Special-elections bill gets speedy passage in Mo. House committee

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:53 pm

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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PM Newscasts
5:31 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Newscast for Jan. 14, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon Sworn In As Mo. Governor, Begins Second Term
  • Jovan Belcher autopsy results show he was drunk at time of crime
  • State Sen. John Lamping calls out Gov. Jay Nixon on Twitter

Education
4:51 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Nixon calls for lengthening Mo. school year

Gov. Jay Nixon says more school days could help out the state's economic competitiveness.
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Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.

Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.

Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.

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