Rick Stream

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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Politically Speaking
10:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Stream On Possible School Transfer Changes, Medicaid's Expectations

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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.

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Medicaid
11:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Mo. House Interim Cmte. Resumes Medicaid Hearings

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation meets at the State Capitol on Oct. 29, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House interim committee has resumed its series of hearings into the state's Medicaid system.

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Tax credits
5:36 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.

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Missouri State Budget
4:58 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House, Senate Negotiators Approve Final Version Of FY2014 Mo. Budget

Mo. House and Senate budget negotiators meet on May 7th, 2013, to approve a final version of the FY2014 state budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.


The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.  It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Governor Jay Nixon (D), which disappointed committee member and State Senator Kiki Curls (D, Kansas City).

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New Miss. River Bridge
9:15 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Stan Musial Bridge Bill On Its Way To Mo. Gov. Nixon

Missouri state budget
8:29 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. House Endorses State Budget, 3 Attempts To Expand Medicaid Fail, And Dept. of Revenue Targeted

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for Fiscal Year 2014, while House Republicans beat back three attempts to expand Medicaid.

Medicaid expansion motions and amendments

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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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Medicaid Expansion
5:27 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Nixon Continues Medicaid Expansion Campaign Despite GOP Disinterest

Nixon speaks at St. Charles County Economic Development Center.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon hasn’t stopped advocating for Missouri to accept the federal government’s money for Medicaid expansion, in spite of state Republican lawmakers leaving it out of their proposed budget.

Nixon lobbied in St. Charles Wednesday for the state to accept $900 million to expand the program to over a quarter of a million low income adults.

Nixon has appealed throughout the state. What makes Nixon’s stop in St. Charles unique is that the area is typically conservative turf.

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Missouri state budget
3:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Budget Bills Filed In Mo. House; Medicaid Expansion Left Out

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) and House Budget Chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The 13 bills that make up the state budget have been filed in the Missouri House, and they don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.

That part of the Governor’s budget proposal would have drawn down $908 million in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1st.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says as a result, the Governor’s projected $46 million in savings is also being removed from the budget.

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