Missouri budget

Missouri Budget
5:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri General Revenue Shoots Up In February, Prompting Governor's Release Of Withheld Money

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to release $132 million withheld from the current budget was influenced, in part, by the rosier state revenue collections in February, his budget chief says.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced Tuesday that net general revenue collections for February shot up 17.3 percent ($69 million), compared to February 2013.   That strong showing follows several months of less-than-stellar revenue numbers, particularly in January.

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State budget
4:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nixon Outlines Requirements For Tax Cut Plan That He Could Support

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Marshall Griffin, KWMU

(Updated 12:45 p.m. Fri., Feb. 14)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has unveiled a tentative deal for a tax-cut package made with some Republicans in the state Senate, but his requirements could delay when -- or if -- the cuts go into effect.

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Politically speaking
3:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Politically Speaking: State Rep. Stream On State Budget, Education

Missouri House Budget chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

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

This week, Jo Mannies hosted state House Budget chairman Rick Stream, a Republican from Kirkwood. She was joined by Marshall Griffin of St. Louis Public Radio’s Jefferson City bureau. (Listen to an earlier podcast with Stream.)

On the show, Stream said:

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Missouri budget
5:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, discuss their FY2015 budget plans with reporters.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican leaders in the Missouri House have scrapped the budget being proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Instead they will use last year's budget bills as a starting point for crafting their fiscal year 2015 spending plan.

House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, says their budget bills contain none of the governor's spending proposals for the fiscal year (FY2015) that begins July 1.

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Snow Storms
1:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Winter Storms Blow Into Government Coffers

Winter storms come with a price tag.
(Missouri Department of Transportation/Facebook)

This year’s array of snowstorms kept governmental entities across Missouri busy plowing roads. It hasn't been cheap to keep streets clear.  And the expense is expected to go up as winter storms continue their blitz across the St. Louis area and the Show Me State.

To understand just how much more expensive this winter is than previous years, Missouri Department of Transportation’s Elizabeth Wright provides some perspective.  She says it’s cost the state around $40 million to plow snow off state roads so far. But MoDOT spends on average $42 million every year.

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Politics & Issues
6:22 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Shoppers Fuel Huge Increase In Missouri's Sales Tax Collections

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

Missourians flocked to the stores in December, causing a huge increase in the state’s sales tax collections that, in turn, has helped fatten the state government’s coffers more than expected.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Thursday credited a rosier public mood – which apparently led to more holiday shopping – for a  25.9 percent increase in Missouri’s sales tax collections in December, compared to December 2012.

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Politics & Issues
11:22 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Nixon Makes Christmas Eve 'Gift' By Releasing $40 Million For Spending

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

In a spirit of Christmas Eve,  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he was releasing about $40.1 million in withheld budget allocations for a variety of projects – most notably $18 million for repairs and improvements to the state Capitol building and $5 million for projects at Missouri state parks.

Another $38 million, sought by legislative leaders to buy a new office building, remains withheld.

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Politics & Issues
5:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates

Missouri Capitol
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

(Updated 1:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20)

Missouri legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon are disagreeing on what revenue estimates should be used in drawing up the state budget for the coming fiscal year – an argument that could affect the General Assembly’s deliberations when it goes back into session in a few weeks.

But the specifics of the budget dispute aren’t clear because most of the parties involved are commenting only through press releases and offering -- at least so far -- few additional details.

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Education
6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to K-12 education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 23, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Two days after pledging to significantly raise Missouri's Higher Education budget next year, Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state's public schools.

Nixon told K-12 school leaders in Jefferson City that the state's AAA credit rating and improving economy will enable his administration to spend more money on educating Missouri's children.

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Mo. State Budget
6:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon Releases $215 Million For State Needs; GOP Lawmaker Accuses Him Of 'Bullying'

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released just over half of the $400 million he withheld earlier this year from Missouri's current state budget.

In a press release, he announced that $215 million will be divvied up among K-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professionals in southwest Missouri.  Nixon released the money Thursday, one day after Republican lawmakers failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

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