Governor Nixon’s State of the State
Governor Jay Nixon gave his State of the State Speech on Tuesday Evening. Governor Nixon called for more spending, more money for schools, and the expansion of Medicaid. Below is a listing of some of the highlights of the Governor’s proposed budget. This is a budget he has proposed as we will look into to creating a budget that is balanced and good for Missouri.
Early Childhood Education
$20m for the Missouri Preschool Program
$8.5m for the First Steps Program
$1m for the Parents as Teachers Program
$278m for the Foundation Formula
$15m for K-12 transportation
$12.4m for student assessments
$10.4m to assist schools with the costs of students with high needs.
$10m to expand broadband capacity for schools.
$5m supplemental funding for the Normandy School District
$4.3m to prepare high school students for college careers.
$1m to improve placement of teachers in struggling urban school districts.
Higher Education & Lifelong Learning
$42.1m for performance-based funding for colleges and universities.
$22m to prepare students for high-demand STEM careers.
$19.8m for grants for Caring for Missourians-Mental Health Initiative.
$17m for Bright Flight scholars loan program.
$10m for facility costs for nursing and other programming at Lincoln University.
$8.6m for the Access Missouri Scholarship Program.
$2.7m for the A+ Scholarship Program.
$1m for the Innovation Campus initiatives.
$4.5m for worker training and retraining through the Missouri Works Program.
$0.5m for Certified Work Ready Communities.
$15m for Missouri State Parks improvements.
$10.3m to expand childcare and before and after-school programs, to more low-income working families.
$10m for tourism
$7.2m to complete payments for deferred biodiesel production in two years.
$3m for the Missouri Arts Council and cultural partners.
$1m for the Export Missouri Initiative.
Health & Mental Health Care
$1.7b in federal funds for Medicaid expansion.
$37.2m for residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
$28m to fund appropriations backed bonds for the Fulton State Hospital.
$20.6m to eliminate the current Medicaid in-home waitlist for individuals with developmental disabilities.
$3m for the Partnership for Hope.
$20m in Fiscal Year 2014 to cover the cost of the Joplin tornado and previous disasters.
$6m for the Children’s Division to provide the highest level of care to children.
Efficient and Effective Government
$37.1m for a 3% salary increase for state employees starting in 2015.
$19.2m to match employee deferred compensation payments.
$11.1m for state judges’ salary increases.
$7.1m for repositioning to address high turnover of direct care nurses, child service workers and youth service workers.
Flat premiums for employees in the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan.
$10m to upgrade the state’s technology systems.
$2.3m to upgrade systems to increase tax collection efficiency.
$1.1m to unify common regulatory and environmental systems for DNR.
Bills I have introduced
Repeals the statute requiring a person who solicits membership on behalf of a prepaid legal services plan to be licensed as an insurance agent
Increases the membership of the Highways and Transportation Commission from six to seven, requires a new appointee to be a resident of a different geographic district, and prohibits more than four from being of the same political party.
Increases the membership of the Highways and Transportation Commission from six to seven, requires a new appointee to be a resident of a different geographic district, and prohibits more than four from being of the same political party
Authorizes the State Highways and Transportation Commission within the Department of Transportation to hold reverse auctions for the purchase of specific commodities
Authorizes the procedure for a recorder of deeds to issue a marriage license if one of the applicants is incarcerated and is unable to appear in the presence of the recorder.