Jay Nixon

Dept. of Revenue/Conceal carry
6:39 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Bill Barring DOR From Scanning Source Documents

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Medicaid Expansion
3:53 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Nixon Takes Medicaid Expansion Campaign To Mo. Senate Republicans

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) leaves a meeting of the Mo. Senate's Republican caucus on April 9th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Senate Republicans were visited Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

As he did last week with House Republicans, Nixon pitched his proposal to expand Medicaid to an additional 260,000 Missourians next year.  He told reporters afterwards that it went well, and that much of the discussion focused on the alternate Medicaid package moving through the Missouri House.

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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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