Nixon shows his hand for the 2014 session in the State of the State address
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Nixon shows his hand for the 2014 session in the State of the State address

Date: January 28, 2013
By: Brendan Cullerton
State Capitol Bureau
Links: Text of the governor's speech.

Intro: 
In his state of the state address, Governor Jay Nixon said it's time to improve Missouri's campaign finance laws.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Missouri, Oregon, Virginia and Utah--those are the only U.S. states with no limits on campaign contributions.

Nixon says it's time Missouri caught up to the ethics of the rest of the country.

Actuality:  NIXCONT.WAV
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Description: "This year...if the legislature does not send a campaign contribution limit bill to my desk... I will do everything in my power to get it on the ballot and make sure it passes."

But Republican Senator Rob Schaaf says its difficult to take the governor seriously when he has taken donations of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars from large donors himself.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.

Intro: 
Governor Jay Nixon may have put Medicaid expansion into the budget and his State of the State address, but that doesn't mean state lawmakers are buying it.
RunTime:  0:39
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Nixon's budget included nearly a billion dollars of federal money to cover an expanded state Medicaid program.

Nixon says Missourians should see their federal tax money come back in the form of Medicaid.

Licensed physician and Republican Senator Rob Schaaf says state Republican's weren't convinced by Nixon's arguments.

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Description: "I think that you could see from the response to what the governor said in the chamber that there is virtually no chance that this Medicaid expansion will pass."

House and Senate leadership have not endorsed the idea, but still haven't ruled out some form of future Medicaid expansion.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.



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