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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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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:45

Nixon calls for protections for gay workers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the state's Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
 
But the measure's chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.
 
Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.
 
Many Democrats applauded Nixon for including the proposal among his priorities outlined in the State of the State address Tuesday night.
 
Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation passed the Senate on the last day of session last year, but never received a House vote.
 
At least one House member - Anne Zerr, of St. Charles - said she was glad Nixon pushed for the measure in his speech.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $198 million in bonds for a new maximum and intermediate security facility at the Fulton State Hospital.
The hospital has Missouri's only maximum security psychiatric facility, and patients include those committed by the courts for treatment. It also is the statewide treatment facility for people who have been found guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.
Nixon is proposing a $14 million supplement to the current year's budget for the hospital and another $14 million in his recommendations for the 2015 budget that takes effect July 1.
The governor's budget director says bonds would be issued if lawmakers approve the supplemental budget request. One option would be issuing the bonds through the Missouri Development Finance Board.
   
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Senate panel has halted one of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments to the Missouri Human Rights Commission.
The Democratic governor appointed former Democratic state House member Sara Lampe, of Springfield, to the board. The Republican-led committee stopped the nomination Wednesday because of concerns that there would be too many Democrats on the commission.
Republican senators said they would not proceed with Lampe's confirmation until Nixon fills more commission slots with Republican nominees.
The Human Rights Commission investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and places that accommodate the public. It currently has two Republicans, three Democrats, and five vacancies. Nixon has one other Democratic nomination to the commission pending before the Senate.
Lampe served in the Legislature from 2005 to 2013 and is a former teacher and school administrator.
 
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