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State Budget Director Linda Luebbering will retire August 6, Gov. Nixon announces

Dan Haug, director of the Department of Mental Health’s Administrative Services Division, will serve as Acting State Budget Director JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that State Budget Director Linda Luebbering will be retiring from state government service on August 6.  Dan Haug, currently the director of the Administrative Services Division at the

Gov. Nixon announces historic agreement by St. Louis-area schools to help Normandy and Riverview Gardens improve performance and regain accreditation

  Governor also provides $1 million for intensive reading instruction in Normandy and Riverview Gardens ST. LOUIS – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the newly-established Normandy Kindergarten Center to announce an historic agreement among St. Louis-area superintendents and education leaders to provide a range of services aimed at improving the educational performance and financial stability


Nixon signs tip tax bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon signed SB 336 yesterday, which seeks to protect businesses from false personal income tax reports from employees. “Should Missouri businesses be held accountable when their employees falsely report their personal income tax?” asked the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in a statement. “A recent practice by the Missouri Department

Nixon takes heat for labor check

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is joining some Republicans in demanding Gov. Jay Nixon return the $50K check from the United Auto Workers that Nixon received less than a week after vetoing Right-to-Work legislation, calling it “pay to play.” Nixon vetoed the measure just weeks ago, kicking off a summer of


Lawmakers sue Nixon over NFL stadium funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Several state lawmakers have signed on to a lawsuit looking to block expanding existing state bonds to build a proposed NFL stadium on the St. Louis riverfront. Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, is leading the suit, and has bipartisan co-plaintiffs including Rep. Rob Vescovo, Rep. Jay Barnes, Rep. Mark Parkison, Rep.


Nixon breaks ground on new state mental health hospital

FULTON, Mo. — After years of wrangling for new funds and countless news stories about abysmal conditions, Gov. Jay Nixon broke ground on a new state mental psychiatric hospital today, marking the first full-scale rebuild of the facility first constructed in 1851. Fulton State Hospital is the oldest psychiatric hospital west of the Mississippi and

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Major highway bridge closes, leaders call for expedited fix

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A bridge which carries over 11,000 vehicles daily in Jackson County via a major highway has been closed. Governor Jay Nixon and transportation leaders are calling for the legislature to act within the remaining days of session in order to cease the transportation funding crisis via a gas tax proposal from the


“Strengthening Missouri Families Act” vetoed, legislature plans to override

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The “Strengthening Missouri Families Act,” which seeks to modify provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon today at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. “Children already suffer lifelong consequences from poverty; penalizing them further for their parents’


Libraries see state funding woes…again

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Despite a strong social media movement and internet support, one group who will be feeling tightened purse strings are the Missouri’s public libraries, whose funding from the last fiscal year was finally released last month. “Missouri’s public libraries are in trouble. Big trouble. Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, is withholding the vast majority of state funding from