( KTRS ) Republican lawmakers say Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address outlined unrealistic spending proposals and ignored specific steps to improve Missouri’s economy.
In a news conference Wednesday evening, after Nixon’s eighth and final annual address, House Speaker Todd Richardson said Nixon’s speech was more of a victory lap than a proposal to move Missouri forward.
Richardson says Missouri’s improving employment numbers hide the fact that wages are stagnant. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says the Senate will not heed the governor’s call to add sexual orientation and gender identity to nondiscrimination laws.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer said the governor’s budget proposal accommodates too much welfare spending. He said expanding Medicaid isn’t going to happen.