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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:33

St. Louisans among Governor Nixon apointees

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced appointments to eight boards and commissions today and among the appointees are three St. Louisans.  Democrat Joseph Hunt has been named to the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. The authority oversees financing, design and construction of the St. Louis domed stadium/convention center expansion and administers annual Preservation Funding.  The Governor has appointed a pair of Republicans to serve on the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.  John King  of St. Louis and John Maupin of Creve Coeur will serve on the board which conducts all public elections in St. Louis County. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 21.
The governor outlines his legislative priorities during the speech and also releases his state budget proposal. Nixon plans to make his remarks at 7 p.m. to a joint session of the House and Senate.
The Democratic governor already has outlined some of his priorities for the 2014 session. Those include more funding for public school districts and higher education, an expansion of the state Medicaid health care program to cover more lower-income adults and an overhaul of the state's tax credit programs.
Republican legislative leaders have said a Medicaid expansion is unlikely. They also have disagreed with Nixon's administration on the amount of money expected to be available for next year's budget.
   
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to the governor's authority over the state budget.
The discussion comes after budget disputes in recent years. Most recently, Gov. Jay Nixon froze $400 million in the current year's spending plan, while citing concerns lawmakers would override his veto of a tax cut.
The veto was sustained and all but $134 million for capital improvements has since been released.
Republican House member Todd Richardson plans to propose a constitutional amendment for the annual legislative session starting next week. Richardson says he wants governors to have the ability to restrict spending when it is needed to keep the budget balanced, while also protecting the Legislature's power to decide how funds are spent.
Nixon says Missouri governors' current tools for managing the budget are needed.
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers plan to make another attempt at cutting income taxes during their 2014 session.
   Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed an income tax cut bill passed earlier this year, and majority party Republicans were unable to override it.
   House and Senate leaders say an income tax cut will be an early priority when lawmakers convene January 8th.
   Representative T.J. Berry, who sponsored the vetoed bill, says next year's version will leave out some of the provisions to which Nixon objected. One of those dropped sections would have automatically cut state income tax rates even further if Congress enacted a law making it easier for states to collect taxes on sales made over the Internet.
   Bill sponsor Senator Will Kraus says lawmakers want to simplify the legislation and lower its cost.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.
 
The governor planned to announce details Wednesday during stops in Columbia and Kansas City. His office said the announcement would involve a proposal for funding in the next state budget.
 
Nixon told higher education officials in October he would be proposing an initiative to train professionals in such fields as psychiatry, specialty nursing and applied behavioral analysis.
 
He said 72 of Missouri's 114 counties do not have a licensed psychiatrist, while 90 do not have a licensed behavioral analyst.
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:55

Missouri carries out Nicklasson execution

   Allen Nicklasson has been executed for killing a good Samaritan who stopped to help him and his friends after their car had broken down in 1994. Nicklasson was convicted of shooting Excelsior Springs businessman Richard Drummond twice in the head.  

   Missouri corrections officials carried out Nicklasson's sentence shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and overturned a lower court stay.  The 41 year old was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

   After denying a clemency plea, Governor Jay Nixon issued a statement saying, "the brutality of this crime is unquestioned."  And that a jury had decided it warranted the state's most serious punishment.  Nixon said his decision "upholds the jury's action." 

   The execution is Missouri's second in three weeks and the second since Missouri began using the execution drug, pentobarbital. 

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon chose a monument to the space race manufacturing boon as a backdrop to sign into law a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to lure aerospace giant Boeing to the state.

The governor endorsed the tax breaks for production of the company's 777X jetliner Tuesday morning at a bill signing ceremony at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis' Forest Park.

More than 100 civic and business leaders joined Nixon, hours before Boeing's self-imposed deadline for offers from eager local and state governments across the country. The presumed manufacturing site is on the edge of Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

The tax credits are worth up to $150 million annually over 23 years if Boeing meets its target of 8,000 new jobs.

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Missouri's proposed incentive package, designed to lure more Boeing jobs to St. Louis, will get its final touch Tuesday.

Governor Nixon will sign the bill at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium at 10:30 AM. Joining the governor for the signing: local lawmakers, labor leaders, and representatives of the Missouri Aerospace Training Consortium. The bill, passed by the General Assembly last week, authorizes up to $1.7 billion in incentives over 20 years.

The legislation was the product of a special session that Nixon called.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 03:00

Boeing incentive bill moves to full Senate

   The Missouri Senate will take up debate Wednesday on a tax incentive bill aimed at luring Boeing's commercial airplane plant to St. Louis.  That after a Senate committee approved legislation Tuesday night that will offer up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades tor Boeing.  

   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley led a delegation of officials testifying Tuesday evening before the Senate committee. They touted the thousands of jobs a new Boeing plant would bring to the area.

   Earlier Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon released an economic analysis showing Missouri would take in more additional tax revenues than it would waive in incentives.  

   St. Louis area governments also would offer incentives. But local economic development officials said they weren't ready Tuesday to put a price tag on those incentives.

   Missouri is one of several states competing to assemble the Boeing 777X airplane.

 

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The owners of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis remain hopeful the Rams won't leave after city leaders rejected $700 million in upgrades sought by the team.

The Rams can break their lease after the 2014 season but have said little about their plans.

The lease requires the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority to provide the team with a "first-tier" stadium by 2015, which is 20 years after the building opened.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken over negotiations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke after arbitration between the team and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission failed. The commission operates the dome.

Board chairman Jim Shrewsbury said Tuesday that dome officials haven't given up on keeping the team.

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