Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

Before dozens of parents and their children in Springfield Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon worked to apply more pressure on lawmakers into funding the First Steps program in what he calls “a responsible way.” As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Governor told the crowd he planned to veto the alternative funding plan, which he followed through with upon returning to the Capitol.    

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer continued his probe into Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration Friday regarding the controversy surrounding the Department of Revenue. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Senator conducted a public hearing in southwest Missouri.

It was the second time this week Sen. Schaefer spoke before a Springfield audience, the first coming Monday just before Brian Long announced his resignation as DOR director.

Stressing the importance of Missouri goods, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined specifics of his trip to Asia after finalizing trade agreements in Taiwan and South Korea. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor addressed reporters during a conference call Thursday morning, detailing a series of contracts totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods over the next four years that are intended to boost the state’s agriculture, manufacturing and biotech sectors.

Nixon says his trip was another example of the importance of boosting the state’s economy.

New funding for higher education is among the proposals this year from Gov. Jay Nixon, who said during his State of the State address in January he’d like to dedicate $34 million to the state’s colleges and universities based on their performance.

For Missouri State University, that means an additional 4.3 percent in funding, or roughly $3.3 million, for achieving all five performance measures.

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon says it’s important to keep the state’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces on the front lines. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Governor’s proposed budget includes $3 million for these agencies to restore a decline in federal funding. 

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