Nixon Appeals for Bipartisanship and Unity to Start 2nd Term

Georganne and Jay Nixon at Inaugural parade. Photo: Jefferson City Tribune

Georganne and Jay Nixon at Inaugural parade. Photo: Jefferson City Tribune

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appealed for bipartisanship and unity during his second inaugural address in Jefferson City Monday.
Nixon is the first Missouri Governor to start a second term since Mel Carnahan in 1997.
Nixon recalled his early years as a State Senator, when Missouri government was also divided.
Republican Governor John Ashcrfot had to deal with a very Democratic legislature at the time.
“But it was possible to disagree, while continuing to advance the public good. Cooperation wasn’t considered a sign of weakness, but rather a prerequisite for progress,” Nixon said in his 12 minute speech. He added, “progress is not partisan”.
Nixon noted Missouri’s own history has been very divided.
He talked about how during the Civil War the state had 12 Governors, some for the Union; some for the Confederacy.
“That my friends? That was hard politics,” he joked.
Nixon did not dwell on policy specifics in the speech before about 4,000 guests and officials on a cold, sunny day.
Details will come in a couple of weeks when Nixon gives his ‘ State of the State’ speech.
One of the Governor’s key proposals will be a plan to expand Medicaid in Missouri.
Many Republican lawmakers oppose that on the surface.
The state’s rural and small town hospitals support a Medicaid expansion. Hospitals are frequently to biggest employers in some Missouri communities.
The state Hospital Association may have a loud voice in the debate.
The super-majorities of Republicans in both chambers seem intent to press an agenda of tax cuts
Some of those cuts could be targeted to respond to the Kansas City area ‘border war’ with Kansas.
Kansas state tax incentives have been luring Kansas City Missouri area businesses across the state line with the Kansas tax breaks.
Those divisions, however, were not in the Governor’s inaugural speech.
“Together we can — and we will — build a bright future for the great state of Missouri in the greatest nation on earth.” Nixon said near the end of his address.

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