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Nixon vetoes bill in clash over elementary and secondary education funding

Nixon vetoes bill in clash over elementary and secondary education funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday he would veto legislation that would redefine the parameters to fully fund the foundation formula. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education projects that SB 586, sponsored by Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Springfield, would lower the amount of money needed to fully fund the formula by

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Missouri makes $100 million bond sale to fund Build Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri will sell $100 million in Series A 2016 Special Obligation Bonds to fund Build Missouri, making use of its recently reaffirmed AAA credit rating. Build Missouri is a statewide capital improvements initiative funding repairs and renovations at state facilities, veterans homes, state parks and higher education campuses. It supports nearly


Nixon announces initiative to help hungry Missouri kids

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state agencies and community organizations, including Feeding Missouri and the Midwest Dairy Council, will partner with national anti-hunger group Share our Strength to increase access to child nutrition programs, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday. No Kids Hungry Missouri will work with school districts to increase access to school breakfast through


Nixon declares victory on higher education budget for FY 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has visited three colleges around the state in the past two days to tout the passage of HB 2003, this year’s higher education bill. At a ceremonial signing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Nixon called the bill a milestone for college affordability and accessibility. “Making higher education


Ameren to build 95-mile transmission line through 5 northeast counties

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ameren (ATXI) Transmission Company of Illinois will construct a 95 mile electric transmission through five northeast Missouri counties to the Iowa border. The line, known as the Mark Twain Project was issued a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) by the Missouri Public Service Commission in a 5-0 vote, but Ameren

Charter school students will pay price for St. Louis School District’s greed

By Lt. Gov. Peter D. Kinder In November 2001, as president pro tem of the Senate, I convened a panel of senators for hearings in St. Louis and Kansas City on what needed to be done to fix those cities’ dysfunctional public schools. Several dozen witnesses, most of them African-American, testified for more than seven


State found compliant with Hancock Amendment in 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri remained compliant with the Hancock Amendment in FY 2015, according to report released by the state auditor’s office. The Hancock Amendment to the Missouri Constitution limits how much of Missourians’ personal income can be taxed and the report found that in 2015, the state taxed below the threshold. “For the


Harris appointed as circuit judge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Former state Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, was appointed as a circuit judge by Gov. Jay Nixon Friday, replacing retiring judge Gary Oxenhandler. Harris, who most recently served as Nixon’s policy director, will serve in the 13th Judicial Circuit, which covers Boone and Callaway Counties. “Jeff Harris is an exceptional public servant

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Budget clears House and Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After final passage by the House and Senate on Thursday afternoon, the FY 2017 budget will head to Gov. Jay Nixon for his final review. The $27.2 billion budget includes funds for education, public safety, infrastructure and pro-life programs, among other items. Nixon said that while he was glad the budget