Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon (D) has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder succeeds fellow Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.
Following his annual Prayer Breakfast earlier today, Governor Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.
Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the start of the 2013 regular session. So far it appears that this year’s dominating issue will be the expansion of Medicaid, which Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has called for and which Republican leaders in both chambers say won’t happen. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at that looming battle and other issues facing Missouri lawmakers this year.
Nixon and GOP legislative leaders are expecting a 3.1 percent growth in state revenues during the next fiscal year. Patrick Werner heads the Missouri Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which advocates for fiscally conservative practices. He says any left over money should either be returned to taxpayers or socked away in the state’s Rainy Day fund.
“I think we have too many commissions (at DNR)," Nixon said. "I think narrowing those, while continuing to protect air and water, will get more efficiency in that area so that resources can be focused appropriately.”
Wealthy Republican donors started Christmas early.
Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25 thousand to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday.
Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about 1 and a half million dollars to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.
Nixon was the only major Democrat Humphreys supported.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) is voicing opposition to House Republicans’ plans to allow teachers in Missouri to carry guns in classrooms.
In a letter to the state’s public school superintendents, Nixon says the proposal would put children at risk and take away the authority of local school districts to keep guns out of classrooms. Scott Holste is the governor’s Press Secretary.
Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is bolstering his plan to expand Missouri's Medicaid program with an analysis estimating that it could save the state money in the near future.
Figures released this past week by Nixon's budget office show Missouri could see a nearly $47 million increase in general revenues during the first year of the Medicaid expansion in 2014. That boost in state revenues would grow to nearly $140 million in 2016 before beginning to decline.