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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.
 
The bill given final approval Thursday by the Senate allows the creation of voluntary registries of people with "health-related ailments" who may need assistance in emergencies. The House passed the bill earlier, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.
 
The identities of people on the list would be exempt from disclosure under Missouri's open-records law. But an incident report would be made public if any of the people are involved in a disaster or emergency.
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.
   The supplemental budget signed into law Wednesday moves $69 million to the state Medicaid program to offset a shortfall in Missouri's settlement payments from tobacco companies. It also includes an extra $3 million to help low-income people pay utility bills, and $2 million to help the unaccredited Normandy School District.
   The measure also provides additional funding for public schools and colleges through June 30 to make up for shortfalls in gambling and lottery revenues.
   Nixon froze $22 million budgeted for schools and colleges earlier this month, saying lawmakers had not included enough money in the supplemental budget.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.
 
The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.
 
Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," "absurd" and "laughable."
 
Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.
 
House Majority Leader John Diehl said Tuesday that lawmakers will attempt to override the veto before their session ends May 16.
 
An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote in block and pick up the support of at least one House Democrat.
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:19

Governor Nixon issues ultimatum on tax cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says any "discussion of tax cuts is a nonstarter" until lawmakers first take steps to curb the amount of money going to tax breaks for developers.
 
Nixon's statement Thursday came a day after the Senate gave initial approval to legislation that could gradually reduce the state's income tax rates, beginning in 2017.
 
An income tax cut is a top priority this year for Republicans.
 
The Democratic governor vetoed a tax-cut plan last year and has threatened to do so again unless it meets several criteria. Those include full funding for public schools and new limits on tax credit programs for the development of low-income housing and historic buildings.
 
The Senate bill is not contingent upon conditions being met.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Certain cancer patients won’t be paying as much for their medicine anymore.  
 
Governor Jay Nixon has signed Senate Bill 668 into law, which prevents insurance companies from charging higher prices for oral chemotherapy medicines.  Currently, insurance companies cover chemotherapy pills as a prescription drug benefit, rather than a medical benefit.  Because of that, cancer patients who would prefer to take their medications orally have to pay quite a bit more.
 
Nixon says providing quality care if a priority. "Missourians struggling to overcome this terrible disease deserve access to the most effective treatments available, not a $10,000 prescription bill", says Nixon.
 
The new law limits the out-of-pocket costs insurance companies charge for orally taken anticancer medications to $75 dollars for a thirty day supply.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to Canada to discuss business opportunities with some of that nation's leaders.
 
Nixon plans to travel Sunday to Montreal, then go Tuesday to Ottawa and Wednesday to Toronto.
 
Traveling with Nixon will be first lady Georganne Nixon and the directors of the state departments of Economic Development and Agriculture. The delegation also will include executives from several Missouri businesses.
 
Nixon plans to meet with Canadian government officials and business leaders whose companies have locations in Missouri or are considering expanding in the state.
 
The governor's travel costs are being paid for by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit organization that frequently finances gubernatorial trade missions.
 
Nixon plans to return to Missouri next Thursday.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is still prepared to carry out an execution next week - even though an Oklahoma pharmacy won't be supplying the drug for the lethal injection.
 
Nixon declined to say Tuesday whether Missouri would use a different drug than pentobarbital, which was used in the state's past three executions.
 
The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa, Okla., filed court documents late Monday saying it had agreed not to provide any drug for Missouri's scheduled Feb. 26 execution of inmate Michael Taylor.
 
In a deposition last month, a Missouri Department of Corrections official said the agency has a backup supply of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone for executions.
 
Nixon said Missouri could carry out Taylor's execution without having to make any significant changes to its execution protocol.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed a measure, known as "right to work," that would bar labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.
The House Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee also voted on Monday to advance legislation that would change how unions can collect fees.
It would require unions to get annual written authorization to collect fees that are automatically deducted from a worker's paycheck.
If they clear the Legislature, both measures would go on a statewide ballot. The Republican sponsors say sending the bills to voters would get around a likely veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
"Right to work" is a top priority of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has set an August 5th special election to fill three vacant Missouri House seats.

Nixon announced the House election dates Friday, but he did not call for a vote to replace Senator Ryan McKenna, who he appointed in December as the state labor director.

The 120th House District has been vacant since Republican Jason Smith of Salem resigned in June upon winning a special election to Congress.

The two other House seats opened up in December. Democratic Representative Steve Webb, of Florissant, resigned while facing criminal charges. Republican Representative Dennis Fowler of Advance resigned when Nixon appointed him to the state Board of Probation and Parole.

The special election announcements come as Nixon is facing a lawsuit seeking to compel him to call the elections.

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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.
   The state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund became insolvent in February 2009 during the economic downturn. Missouri borrowed from the federal government, and businesses pay a surcharge to repay the debt.
   Nixon said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Labor revised its projection for when Missouri would pay off the loan. Now, the state is expected to repay it in November instead of May 2015. Nixon says that would reduce business's federal unemployment tax by $84 per worker.
 
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