Rick Stream http://kcur.org en Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters http://kcur.org/post/nixon-vetoes-bill-would-eliminate-tax-break-elderly-renters <p></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.</p><p>House and Senate Republicans voted to do away with the so-called "Senior Citizens Circuit Breaker" as a means of shoring up funding for the First Steps program, which aids children with developmental disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>In his veto letter, Nixon voiced disapproval of using money designated for seniors for other purposes, and stated that the bill contained no tax credit reforms.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:42:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36780 at http://kcur.org Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters Negotiators Approve Final Version Of Missouri Budget http://kcur.org/post/negotiators-approve-final-version-missouri-budget <p>Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.</p><p>The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.&nbsp; It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, which disappointed committee member and&nbsp;State Senator Kiki Curls, also a Democrat, from Kansas City.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:28:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36385 at http://kcur.org Negotiators Approve Final Version Of Missouri Budget Missouri House Set To Begin Budget Debate http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-set-begin-budget-debate <p></p><p>The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.&nbsp;</p><p>The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.&nbsp;</p><p>Budget chairman Rick Stream of St. Louis County says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:35:52 +0000 Maria Carter 34075 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Set To Begin Budget Debate Medicaid Expansion Foiled Again http://kcur.org/post/medicaid-expansion-foiled-again <p>It was not a good day for backers of Medicaid expansion, as the proposal suffered setbacks on both sides of the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:47:17 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33468 at http://kcur.org Medicaid Expansion Foiled Again