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JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon says a proposed constitutional amendment granting religious exemptions to some business owners opposed to gay marriage could be "harmful to our economy."

The Democratic governor also said Wednesday that the measure would "condone discrimination" and urged the House to oppose it.

Study evaluates transparency of Mo. spending

Apr 10, 2014

The Missouri Public Research Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization, conducted a study to rate each of the 50 states on how well they provide online access to government spending data.  Missouri received a C+.  Phineas Baxandall, a Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Research Group Foundation, says though a lot of spending information is easily accessible, information on some subsidies or funds given to non-governmental is hard to find.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he plans to launch a state website to gather tips about wasteful spending in Missouri government.

Kinder, a Republican, said  the website should be running soon. He detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500, to get it back to its level in 2009.

Kinder said if the website and his staff don't identify enough wasteful spending to offset the appropriation, he'll return the additional money.