Despite a campaign ad attacking the practice, Governor Jay Nixon says he has no plans to scale back his air travel.
Earlier this week the Missouri Republican State Committee began airing radio spots criticizing the Democratic governor’s air travel, dubbing him “Air Jay.”
Governor Nixon also has come under fire from the legislature and the state’s auditor, for billing state agencies for his trips on state planes, about $400,000 over two years.
Missouri’s exports grew by 35 percent last year, and the state’s governor is visiting several businesses today to spread the news.
Governor Jay Nixon stopped at Volpi Foods this morning, a family-owned business on The Hill in St. Louis, which exports dry-cured Italian meats to several countries.
St. Louis-based Peabody Energy announced today that it will keep its headquarters in downtown St. Louis for at least another 15 years.
Peabody is a Fortune 500 company employing more than 600 people in St. Louis.
The company had been offered a package of $10 million in Federal New Market tax credits to fund upgrades to their downtown high-rise.
Missouri's Republican State Committee is taking aim at Governor Jay Nixon already.
There's no Republican candidate yet in the 2012 race for Missouri governor.
But the GOP committee is already running a radio spot that lambasts the Democratic governor's air travel expenses, referring to him as "Air Jay".
Nixon has come under fire for billing state agencies $400,000 over two years for his air travel around the state.
Flags are being lowered in Missouri for the last surviving American to serve in World War I.
Missouri native Frank Buckles died Sunday at the age of 110 at his farm in West Virginia. He was born in the Harrison County town of Bethany and also lived as a child in Vernon County.
Buckles lied about his age to enlist in the Army and served during the war in England and France.
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says he supports legislation that would require details about the governor's flights around the state to be posted to a state website.
The bill in question has been approved by the Missouri House and is now before the Senate.
The Monarch Fire Protection District, in West St. Louis County, should expect to be audited later this year after Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the State Auditor’s Office to perform an audit of the fire district. The governor gave the order after reviewing allegations against the fire district sent by the State Auditor’s Office.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.
The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies. Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.
Missouri House members have voted without dissent to require information about the governor's travel to be posted on a state website.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says proposals to replace the state's income tax with an expanded sales tax is the wrong way to go.
Nixon spoke Wednesday to members of The Associated Press and the Missouri Press Association at their annual Capitol media event.
Nixon says the tax proposals would require raising the sales tax and levying it on purchases that currently are not subject to that tax. He says that is not smart.
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