As seen through a door, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on January 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
Governor Jay Nixon is calling for cuts to higher education, fewer state jobs, and holding public school funding at its current level in his proposed state budget for next year. But he kept his State of the State Address upbeat while acknowledging that Missouri is still in a financial hole. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.
Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich is sworn into office by Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. of the Eastern District State Appeals Court. Holding the Bible during the ceremony are Schweich’s daughter Emilie and son Tom Jr. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)
Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo. The budget for the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to drop by nearly half in 2011. (Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)
In 2011, crews will complete a new ramp connecting Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, says Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer in the St. Louis area. They'll also finish MoDOT's portion of the Route 141 extension in West County.
Mo. State Rep. John Diehl at today’s press conference in the Mo. House Lounge at the State Capitol. Diehl chairs the Missouri state reapportionment committee. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio).
Mayor Francis Slay at a Census kickoff event outside City Hall in March of 2010. Census results show both MO and IL losing a Congressional seat.
UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2010, with information about reapportionment of Missouri congressional districts.
There’s already speculation that the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate will target the St. Louis-area districts held by Democrats Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan. But GOP House Member John Diehl, who chairs that chamber’s reapportionment committee, downplayed that possibility before reporters at the State Capitol.