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Special interest giveaways throw budgets out of balance, reduce state and local revenues by $776 million annually

• Members of the General Assembly failed to account for special interest handouts in the budget sent to the Governor’s desk
 
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The special interest giveaways passed in the final hours of the legislative session would reduce state and local revenues by more than $776 million annually, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today.  On May 16, the legislature passed more than a dozen special tax carve-outs and loopholes, which were not accounted for in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget passed the week before.  As a result, the Governor said, the budget as passed by the General Assembly is out of balance and will need to be corrected.

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On Memorial Day, Gov. Nixon asks Missourians to honor those who gave their lives serving the nation

• Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff at all state facilities on morning of May 26
 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 26, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces.

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Gov. Nixon announces that he will veto legislation that would have sent public dollars to private schools

• 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
 
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he will veto legislation that would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars away from Missouri’s public schools and given that money to private schools without any accountability to voters.  In addition, the Governor said that this failed attempt to fix the current school transfer law would, in fact, result in further disruption for students in struggling school districts by eliminating the requirement that unaccredited school districts pay for transportation costs.   

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Kander encourages participation in summer reading programs

• Sign up at tour local library
 
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today encouraged parents and guardians to make plans for their children to participate in summer reading programs. Local libraries across Missouri have begun their annual push to sign up families for reading programs that promote literacy skills and help keep children’s minds sharp while school is out.

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McCaskill meets with Missouri Rural Letter Carriers Association

• Senator discusses her fight to protect rural post offices
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with representatives from the Missouri Rural Letter Carriers Association to discuss their joint effort to fight for rural post offices and maintain postal delivery standards.

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