Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, during which he'll unveil his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders not to cut taxes. Nixon vetoed last year's tax cut bill (HB 253) and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall. The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid.
Governor Jay Nixon was at the Jefferson Day Care Center yesterday promoting his plan to increase funding for pre-k education in Missouri.
The governor recently awarded two other grants to the Kansas City School District, to help provide access to quality education to children in day care before entering kindergarten. The governor's visit to the Jefferson City Day Care Center celebrated the day care center's participation in the so-called "Missouri Start Smart" grant initiative.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the south-central part of the state. Nixon has spoken with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville, assuring them the region will get help.
A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after several inches of rain last night and this morning caused flooding in Waynesville. The Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to help emergency responders. Nixon's executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions on emergency services.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation Wednesday related to veterans.
One bill requires licensing boards to accept military training and education for licensing requirements.
At a press conference in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said many members of the military have skill sets that are very transferable to the workplace, like truck drivers and emergency medical technicians - or EMT's.
Progress Missouri is seeking to reward Missouri state representatives who decide to support Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an expensive tax bill.
Critics of the legislation say the tax bill would reduce general revenue in the state, and cut funds from schools and communities, while increasing taxes on prescription drugs.
State representatives who vote to override the veto will be entered in Progress Missouri’s lottery. One representative’s name will be drawn, and an aerial banner will be flown over a high school or college football game in his or her home district.
Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.
Thousands of Missourians across the state are challenging themselves to log 100 miles of outdoor activity before the year ends. Columbia Parks and Recreation officials held a dedication ceremony for the Greenbriar Trail connector yesterday evening.
For Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs, safety for residents was the biggest concern. The new connector trail links about 1,500 homes in the Green Meadows area to the Columbia trail system that were previously without access.
The Governor made the announcement during a trade mission in Western Europe. He told reporters via conference call that Boeing will add a new technology information center to its campus in St. Louis County. Both Nixon and Boeing officials were in attendance this week at the International Paris Air Show in France.