State and Regional News
• The best sights and biggest thrills come at public events conducted by trained professionals
JEFFERSON CITY – Independence Day is the biggest day of the year for fireworks across the U.S. – and the day for the most fires and injuries caused by fireworks. As Missourians prepare to celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend, the Division of Fire Safety reminds Missourians that public firework displays put on by trained professionals are the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
Gov. Nixon vetoes Senate Bill 493, calls on regional school leaders to support state plan for struggling school districts
• Senate Bill 493 fails to address challenges resulting from existing transfer law and instead would create even more problems for students and families, Governor says
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed Senate Bill 493, which would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars to private schools and exacerbated the hardships faced by students in struggling districts and their families. The Governor called on school districts in the region to support the state’s plan to improve the financial stability and academic performance of troubled schools.
Gov. Nixon takes action to balance Fiscal Year 2015 budget
JEFFERSON CITY – To put the Fiscal Year 2015 budget back into balance and maintain Missouri’s fiscal stability, Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed $144.6 million general revenue spending and restricted $641.6 million in general revenue expenditures. Missouri’s Constitution authorizes Governors to control and reduce spending to ensure it does not exceed available revenue.
Gov. Nixon issues statement on study showing Medicaid inaction is costing Missouri jobs
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a statement regarding a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) showing health care job growth in Missouri is falling behind its peer states that have moved forward on Medicaid. According to MERIC, health care job growth in Missouri has slowed to half what it was in 2011 and 2012. In addition, since January the average health care job growth rate in peer states that expanded Medicaid was more than double that of Missouri’s.
Gov. Nixon signs bill to protect families of fallen soldiers at funerals
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1372 to protect the families of fallen Missouri soldiers at funeral services. The bill, which was passed unanimously by both the Missouri House and Senate, is patterned after a local Missouri city ordinance that was upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.