Jay Nixon

MO Statehouse
7:36 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Some controversial bills sent to Gov. Nixon's desk early enough for veto challenge

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.

They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

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Unemployment Benefits
2:21 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Gov. Nixon signs bill extending unemployment benefits

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.

Nixon's signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Morning headlines: April 7, 2011

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gets a closer look at Truman, an eight-week-old Peekanees puppy that was rescued from poor breeding conditions, before a press conference in St. Louis on April 9, 2009. Nixon wants to increase oversight of dog breeders.
UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon Proposal Would Boost Oversight of Dog Breeders

Governor Jay Nixon proposed Wednesday to add $1.1 million to the state budget to hire 10 more inspectors, investigators, veterinarians and office staff for the Department of Agriculture program that regulates dog-breeding facilities. Nixon's office says the state currently spends about $600,000 a year on such efforts. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered the agriculture budget Wednesday but took no action on Nixon's proposal.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
10:44 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Group of Mo. Senators will end filibuster if Gov. Nixon rejects $300 million from D.C.

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
(via Flickr/FiredUpMissouri)

A group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Missouri Senate are willing to end their filibuster of a bill to draw down federal unemployment benefits, if Democratic Governor Jay Nixon agrees to reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.   

Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the effort.  He says the $300 million covers several “pork barrel pet projects.”

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Missouri unemployment benefits
5:29 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Nixon criticizes Mo. Senate for blocking federal dollars

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) criticizes the GOP-led Mo. Senate for not passing unemployment benefits and federal school funds.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took the Republican-led Missouri Senate to task today for blocking federal aid for public schools and thousands of unemployed workers.   

Jobless benefits end Saturday for 10,000 of out-of-work Missouri residents because a group of Senators, led by Jim Lembke (R, Lemay), has been blocking the enabling bill.  Lembke says they’re sending a message that Washington needs to rein in spending.

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MO Statehouse
4:47 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Mo. House removes $500,000 designated for governor's travel while approving state budget

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House continued its swift work today on the $23 billion state budget, giving it first-round approval after only a few hours of debate.

But before doing so, lawmakers removed most of the money they had allocated for Governor Jay Nixon’s travel budget.

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Missouri High-Speed Rail
4:31 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (R) and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith inspect tracks outside of the Kirkwood Amtrak Station in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 29, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is one of a handful of states applying for some $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects that Florida rejected last month.

Governor Jay Nixon was in Kirkwood today to announce Missouri's application for nearly $1 billion in new funding.

In recent months, rail projects have  become politicized with many GOP lawmakers calling for states to refuse the funds.

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Business
9:40 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Nixon: Mo. gets $27 million in incentives program

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 1:10 p.m.  March 22, 2011 with comment from Nixon.

Missouri is receiving $27 million in federal money to boost small business growth and job creation.

The State Small Business Credit Initiative supports state-level, small business lending programs and is part of the Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama last fall.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
4:42 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Nixon names legislative redistricting panels

A map of Missouri's current nine congressional districts.
(Screenshot via Mo. Sec. of State website)

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed the members of two bipartisan commissions that will redraw Missouri's legislative districts based on the 2010 census.

The Missouri Constitution requires the governor to appoint a panel of five Republicans and five Democrats to redraw state Senate districts, and a panel of nine Democrats and nine Republicans to redraw the House districts.

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Recreational Trail Grant
10:55 am
Thu March 17, 2011

St. Louis area to get $550K for trails

The Grand Basin and Art Hill in Forest Park in St. Louis. The park is one of the areas to benefit from a federal grant for recreational trails.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the St. Louis area will get about $550,000 to improve or develop trails.

The awards that are from a federal grant channeled through the state's Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program.

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