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Nixon Expected To Call For Education Funding, Medicaid Expansion

Nixon 2011 State of State Address
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, delivering the 2011 State of the State Address/Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State Address Tuesday, during which he’ll officially unveil his proposed budget for next year.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin has details.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-through-12 schools and Higher Education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders to not cut taxes.  Nixon vetoed last year’s tax cut bill and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall. 

The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid, which he says would create 24,000 new jobs and help rural hospitals stay afloat. 

Meanwhile, House Speaker Tim Jones will deliver the Republican Response, which will likely include pitches for cutting taxes and making Missouri a Right-to-Work state. 

The Governor’s State of the State Address will be carried live on KSMU starting at 7 p.m. You can also watch the speech at 10:30 p.m. on Ozarks Public Television.