Nixon Expected To Call For School Funding, Medicaid Expansion

Jan 21, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State Address Tuesday, during which he’ll officially unveil his proposed budget for next year.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders to not cut taxes.

Nixon vetoed last year’s tax cut bill and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall. The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid, which he says would create 24,000 new jobs and help rural hospitals stay afloat.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Tim Jones will deliver the Republican response, which will likely include pitches for cutting taxes and making Missouri a right-to-work state.