State of the State

Morning round-up
9:36 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A toll plaza in Medina, Washington
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Mo. lawmakers considering I-70 toll proposals

Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that changes to the interstate, such as widening it to six lanes, could create construction jobs and make the state more economically competitive. Keith said such improvements could cost as much as $4 billion.

Private companies would finance the project up front and collect tolls on I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.

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State of the State
5:58 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Nixon proposes $23 billion operating budget for 2012 in State of State address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to the leadership of both parties in the House of Representatives and Senate before delivering the State of the State address at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual State of the State Address Tuesday night.  He touched briefly on the state budget and other issues, while spending lots of time showcasing his administration’s accomplishments and praising the values of Missouri citizens as he prepares for his re-election bid this fall.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin recaps the address.

Beginning on a somber note

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State of the State Address
5:41 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri State of the State Address: 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Tonight Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave his annual speech to the Missouri General Assembly - the State of the State address. Thank you for joining us!

We'll have a full report from our statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin tomorrow during Morning Edition, but in the meantime, here's the full transcript of the address for you in case you missed it.

Also - here are a few takeaway points from tonight's address from the Associated Press:

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Representatives chambers as Speaker of the House Steve Tilley (L) and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. in January 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to deliver State of the State Speech tonight

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.

Tonight's speech is to coincide with the release of Nixon's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Nixon's budget director has said Missouri may face a gap of about $500 million between projected expenses and revenues in the budget year that starts July 1.

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Other News
4:40 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Governor Nixon hones in on jobs before state of the state address

Mo Gov. Jay Nixon outlines his Missouri Works initiative during a visit to Jost Chemical Co. in St. Louis.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is pushing his jobs creation strategy as the path to improving the state's economy this year.

Speaking at Jost Chemical Co. in St. Louis Friday, Nixon detailed his multi-pronged proposal which includes opening state export offices in Asia and South America and funding training for high-tech jobs.

"We'll work to make sure we attract next-generation automotive suppliers to Missouri," said Nixon.

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Nixon budget
5:33 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Nixon wants to expand comm. college money

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 19. He was in St. Louis on Monday to push for an expanded scholarship he called for in that address
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Read Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 closely, and you'll see a set of numbers that can give you pause.

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MO Statehouse
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

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State of the State
10:31 am
Thu January 20, 2011

2011 Missouri State of the State Address

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.

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Morning News Round-up
9:24 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Snow falls in STL, Nixon delivers State of the State address, Mo. lawmakers encourage Koster to challenge federal healthcare

Snow blanketed many areas of Missouri last night and into this morning, including in Jefferson City, Mo. pictured here in 2009, the site of Gov. Nixon's State of the State address last night. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • A winter weather advisory is in effect for the St. Louis region until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Heavy snow fell overnight in St. Charles County, Northern St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Madison County, Il. The National Weather Service says more snow is expected throughout the day. Some places in the St. Louis region might see 12 inches of snow by the time the snow stops.
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed flat funding for public schools and cuts to colleges in his annual State of the State speech. In his address last night, the Democratic governor acknowledged that "times are tough" and he said that even modest job gains are cause for celebration. Nixon put forth a plan to slightly shrink the state's spending, shedding several hundred state workers and privatizing some of their functions. He proposed a $23.1 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
  • Missouri lawmakers are urging Attorney General Chris Koster to challenge the federal health care law. The Republican-led Senate  passed a resolution Wednesday asking the Democratic attorney general to either file his own lawsuit, join a suit by other attorneys general or join a suit filed by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. A similar resolution was passed last week by Missouri's Republican-led House of Representatives. Koster's spokeswoman has said only that the office is monitoring the situation. The Missouri legislative action comes as Republicans in charge of the U.S. House are attempting to repeal the federal health care law enacted last year by President Barack Obama. That effort is not expected to receive support in the U.S. Senate, which is still controlled by Democrats.

State of the State
11:35 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Missouri State of the State Highlights

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he is introduced before delivering the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the Statre Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Tonight Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gave his annual speech to the Missouri General Assembly - the State of the State address. 

We'll have a full report from our statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin tomorrow during Morning Edition, but here are the highlights of tonight's event and corresponding issues, along with key points from the Republican response given by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

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