Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a budget that would set state government spending at roughly what it was seven years ago, before the nation’s economy – and the state’s budgets -- took a nose dive.
And that’s a huge difference from the frugal budgets the state has seen for years.
That wraps up the discussion and live coverage of the governor's State of the State address this evening. Our panelists were Sen. John Lamping, Rep. Chris Kelly, and Phill Brooks, director of the state reporting program for the Missouri School of Journalism. Thanks for joining us!
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.