Nixon Says Targeted Tax Breaks Help Bring Firm to KC, Defends Tax Cut Veto
July 16, 2013

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon, KC Mayor Sly James and FreightQuote Executives cut ribbon on new south KC building.

Missouri Governor Jay Mixon defended his tax cut veto at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new building in Kansas City Tuesday. Nixon was on hand for the opening of the FreightQuote offices. The company Moved to Kansas City from across the Kansas state line from Johnson County. The company was lured to Missouri by a set if state and
Local tax breaks offered to them.
“This is an example of what it takes,” said Nixon, “a public private partnership.”
The Governor said the current set if tax incentives worked better for the state than the broad tax cut bill he vetoed earlier. The tax cut bill lowered some business taxes and personal taxes in Missouri. Nixon vetoed the bill saying it would cyst education and other state services. Republicans in the legislature are
organizing a campaign to override the veto in September.
Nixon also pointed a survey released today showing Missouri placed in the top 10 states a cording Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013.


Nixon Calls Expanding Missouri Medicaid “Smart Thing to Do”
November 29, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon opened a new front in the Missouri battle over the new health reform law with a speech in Kansas City Thursday morning.
Nixon is calling for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act reforms often called "Obamacare". The new law let’s state expand the low-income Medicaid program.
The new law opens coverage up to families of four who make under $32,000 a year. That 138% of the federal poverty line.
Office believes it could add 300, 000 Missourians to the program. Other estimates are not that high.
Nixon says Missouri should take part in the program, otherwise Federal Missouri tax dollars will go to support other states Medicaid expansion under the new health care law.
The ‘Obamacare’ bill is very unpopular in Missouri. Just radioed this month, Missouri voters approved a van on establishing a state health exchange for the state unless the legislature or the voters approve it. The measure was approved easily.
Nixon days the time to debate the law is over. He says the time to implement it is now.
The Governor says Washington will pat for the first three years of the $8 billion dollar program. Missouri’s cost is around $333 million, but will rise after the first three years.
Even before Nixon made his announcement this
Morning, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones again signaled his opposition to more government spending.
In a tweet Jones said the problem is "math".
Earlier he told the Post-Dispatch the state could not afford an expansion.

Gov. Nixon Says Expanding Medicaid will keep Missouri moving forward
November 29, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay. Nixon says the time to debate Obamacare is over. It is time to implement it.
Nixon announced a proposed expansion of Missouri Medicaid to cover 300, 000 MISSOURIANS. Developing.

McCaskill Campaign Claims “Gold Standard” for its GOTV Bid
November 3, 2012

The organizers of Missouri incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign think their voter identification and get-out-the-vote effort may be the gold standard for such operations in the 2012 election cycle.
They say the top leaders of the Democratic National Committee think so. They could not be reached Saturday afternoon.
McCaskill campaign manager Adrianne Marsh says since early summer they have made 5.7 million calls to voters and knocked on 1.2 milion Missouri doors in an effort to convince Missourians to vote for McCaskill.
McCaskill’s campaign said they couldn’t actively compare their effort with the GOP because “we don’t have their playbook”, Marsh said matter of factly.
Marsh, however, believes the Missouri Republicans may be dealing with a late start for the fall campaign because of the Republican primary in August.
She also acknowledged that a tough primary, like the Missouri Republican Senate contest this year, could also energize the base.
She conceded, most party’s true believers, “the base”, are already energized by the prospect of a presidential election.
The campaign says they’re hoping to convince Missourians who may be voting for Republican Mitt Romney to split their ticket,casting vote for a Democrat in the Senate campaign.
Many polls are showing that Romney will carry Missouri easily next week.
“That’s not shocking” said Marsh.
Marsh says there is a ticket-splitting tradition in Missouri. She claims many Missourians try to fit the individual to the office, as opposed to voting by party preference.
The McCaskill campaign also says 600 lawyers have signed up and are volunteering to handle election day legal issues that arise.
Kansas City attorney Steve Bough sais 129 lawyers signed up for that duty within the city limits the next week.

Abortion Bill at Center Stage of Missouri Veto session
September 12, 2012

From the KC Star:
When lawmakers officially convene today at the Missouri Capitol for their annual veto session, debate over a woman’s access to birth control will likely take center stage.q
Republican legislative leaders are confident they have enough votes to overturn Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that states no employer or health insurance provider can be compelled to provide coverage for contraception, abortion or sterilization if doing so violates their religious or moral convictions.
Supporters frame the debate as an attempt to protect religious liberty and stop the encroachment of government into private businesses. To its critics, however, the legislation is at best a political ploy aimed at rallying the GOP base during an election year, and at worst an attempt to restrict a woman’s access to birth control.
The bill was a direct response to an Obama administration policy that requires health insurance plans to cover contraception. The policy includes an exemption for religious organizations.
Nixon vetoed the measure, arguing that Missouri law already gives employers the freedom to omit contraceptive coverage in their health plans “if the use or provision of such contraceptives is contrary to the moral, ethical or religious beliefs or tenets of such person or entity.”
The larger concern, Nixon contends, is that the legislation would give insurance companies the power to deny contraception coverage — even if an employee wants it and is willing to pay for it.
“This is a personal, medical decision for a woman and her family, not something that should be dictated by an insurance company,” Nixon said last week.