Linda Luebbering http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-predicts-exodus-young-workers-unless-medicaid-expanded <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is trying a new pitch in his quest to persuade state legislators to expand the state's Medicaid program and accept the $2 billion a year in extra federal money that would go along with it.</p><p>Nixon told supporters Thursday night in St. Louis County that the state’s current Medicaid program is so stingy that it discourages people from working — and could drive entry-level workers to other states that are expanding Medicaid.</p><p>Missouri now bars Medicaid coverage for anyone who earns more than $2,217 a year — which boils down to $42.63 a week.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:40:11 +0000 Jo Mannies 34410 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded Missouri General Revenue Shoots Up In February, Prompting Governor's Release Of Withheld Money http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-general-revenue-shoots-february-prompting-governors-release-withheld-money <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to release $132 million withheld from the current budget was influenced, in part, by the rosier state revenue collections in February, his budget chief says.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:38:22 +0000 Jo Mannies 34169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri General Revenue Shoots Up In February, Prompting Governor's Release Of Withheld Money Shoppers Fuel Huge Increase In Missouri's Sales Tax Collections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shoppers-fuel-huge-increase-missouris-sales-tax-collections <p>Missourians flocked to the stores in December, causing a huge increase in the state’s sales tax collections that, in turn, has helped fatten the state government’s coffers more than expected.</p><p>State Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Thursday credited a rosier public mood – which apparently led to more holiday shopping – for a &nbsp;25.9 percent increase in Missouri’s sales tax collections in December, compared to December 2012.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:22:57 +0000 Jo Mannies 32732 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shoppers Fuel Huge Increase In Missouri's Sales Tax Collections Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-legislative-leaders-battle-over-state-budget-estimates <p><em>(Updated 1:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20)</em></p><p>Missouri legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon are disagreeing on what revenue estimates should be used in drawing up the state budget for the coming fiscal year – an argument that could affect the General Assembly’s deliberations when it goes back into session in a few weeks.</p><p>But the specifics of the budget dispute aren’t clear because most of the parties involved are commenting only through press releases and offering -- at least so far -- few additional details.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:13:10 +0000 Jo Mannies 32427 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates Nixon Freezes $400 Million From State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-freezes-400-million-state-budget <p><em>Updated at 4:55 p.m. with quotes from Gov. Nixon, Budget Dir. Luebbering, and several GOP legislative leaders.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citing concerns that lawmakers will override his veto of an income tax bill, </span>Governor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jay Nixon (D) announced today that he's frozen more than $400 million in spending from the state's budget for next year.</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:07:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Rachel Lippmann 27800 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Freezes $400 Million From State Budget Mo. Gov. Nixon Campaigns Against Tax Cut Bill He Vetoed Last Week http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-campaigns-against-tax-cut-bill-he-vetoed-last-week <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> has launched a major public effort to support his veto last week of a bill that would have cut Missouri's individual and corporate income taxes.</p><p>The Democratic Governor appeared before college and university officials Tuesday morning in Jefferson City, telling them that the GOP-backed proposal is the single greatest threat to public education he's seen in his career.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:16:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27283 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon Campaigns Against Tax Cut Bill He Vetoed Last Week Missouri Revenues Grow During First Half Of FY2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-revenues-grow-during-first-half-fy2013 <P>While 2013&nbsp;began just a few&nbsp;days ago, Missouri's Fiscal Year is now half-over, and so far officials say&nbsp;it's been a&nbsp;good one.</P> <P>The latest numbers from Governor Jay Nixon's Budget Office show a&nbsp;7.9 percent increase in revenue collections from July to December, as compared to the same 6-month period a year ago.&nbsp;</P> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px"><FONT color=#1f497d size=2 face=Tahoma,sans-serif><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At that time</SPAN></FONT><FONT size=2 face=Tahoma,sans-serif><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">, the Show-Me State had collected&nbsp;around&nbsp;$3.49 billion in revenues.&nbsp; A year later, collections stand at $3.77 billion.&nbsp; Budget Director Linda Luebbering credits an improved economy. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:38:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8044 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Revenues Grow During First Half Of FY2013 'Fiscal Cliff' Could Affect Mo. Economy, Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fiscal-cliff-could-affect-mo-economy-budget <p>If officials in Washington don't reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could see a hit to its economy and budget.</p><p>The Federal Funds Information for States estimates Missouri could lose $1 billion of Defense Department spending on contracts and military institutions if federal spending cuts take effect in the new year. The Washington-based organization estimates those automatic cuts also could result in a $125 million reduction in federal grants to state programs, such as public schools and early childhood programs.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:40:30 +0000 The Associated Press 7246 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Fiscal Cliff' Could Affect Mo. Economy, Budget Mo. State Workers To Get Black Friday Off This Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-state-workers-get-black-friday-year <P><A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</A> (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.</P> <P>The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.</P> <P>“It does cost us a little bit to provide those holidays to state employees, and that’s why he didn’t authorize that in (20)10 and (20)11, because of that cost to th Fri, 02 Nov 2012 22:01:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6055 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. State Workers To Get Black Friday Off This Year Mo. governor signs state budget, cuts higher education again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-governor-signs-state-budget-cuts-higher-education-again <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a>&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;has signed Missouri&rsquo;s $24&nbsp;billion&nbsp;budget into law, but he also sliced $15 million from next year&rsquo;s spending plan.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:25:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3967 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. governor signs state budget, cuts higher education again