Jay Nixon

Out-of-state vehicle purchases
4:26 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill To Restore Local Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Vehicle Purchases Sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon

A used car dealership in central Missouri.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval.

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Medicaid expansion
1:45 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nixon Meets With Mo. House Republicans To Talk Medicaid, Says More Work Needed

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and staff members head to a meeting with House Republicans at the State Capitol on Apr. 3rd, 2013, where he discussed his plans for Medicaid expansion.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says it’s possible that he could support the House Republicans’ alternate Medicaid proposal, if some crucial changes are made.

He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system.  Nixon told reporters afterwards that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $32,500 for a family of four.

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Missouri state budget
8:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mo. House To Begin FY2014 State Budget Debates Tuesday

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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Missouri Economy
9:27 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Nixon Announces Trade Agreements With South Korea

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.2 billion in trade agreements to sell Missouri products to South Korea over the next four years.

Nixon said Thursday that the state had entered into compacts with the Korea International Trade Association, the Korea-U.S. Economic Council and the Korea Importers Association.

While in Seoul, Nixon also met with South Korean government officials and laid a wreath at the Korean War Memorial. The governor says recent threats of war by North Korea's government have not stopped commerce in the region or impacted daily activities.

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Child Care
12:08 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Mulling Child Care Funding Increases

Rob Lee Flickr

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking funding increases in a pair of social welfare programs for children.

Under the governor's proposed 2014 budget, foster care families and working parents both would receive increases in state subsidies.

Rates paid to foster care providers would increase by 3 percent. While that would help reimburse families for food and clothing, an advocate for foster children says it still falls well short of adequate funding for the state system. 

Politically Speaking
4:02 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Politically Speaking: Mayoral Results, Democrat Days and Kinder's Lawsuit

Slay's victory speech plays at Reed's watch party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: The results from the mayoral primary are in. Why did Reed lose? Did Slay win by as much as he had hoped? Then Jo shares some stories from Democrat Days and we close it out with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's lawsuit.

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Missouri Supreme Court
9:39 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Nixon's Power To Cut Spending

Credit (via Flickr/David_Shane)

Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.

The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich.

The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.

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Medicaid Expansion
5:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Nixon Tries New Tactic To Sway GOP On Medicaid Expansion

Flanked by law enforcement officials and health professionals, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon details a new plan on the impact of strengthening Medicaid on mental health, in St. Louis on March 3, 2013.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is using a new tactic in an attempt to persuade Republican state lawmakers to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid: public safety.

On Monday, Nixon brought out St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, who said expanding Medicaid to another 50,000 Missourians who need mental health treatment will improve public safety.

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Medicaid Alternative
10:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) is sponsoring the Republicans' alternative to Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.
Mo. House Communications

A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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Medicaid Expansion
5:27 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Nixon Continues Medicaid Expansion Campaign Despite GOP Disinterest

Nixon speaks at St. Charles County Economic Development Center.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon hasn’t stopped advocating for Missouri to accept the federal government’s money for Medicaid expansion, in spite of state Republican lawmakers leaving it out of their proposed budget.

Nixon lobbied in St. Charles Wednesday for the state to accept $900 million to expand the program to over a quarter of a million low income adults.

Nixon has appealed throughout the state. What makes Nixon’s stop in St. Charles unique is that the area is typically conservative turf.

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