In his State of the State address, Governor Nixon surprised Senators with a package he never mentioned before his speech.
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In his State of the State address, Governor Nixon surprised Senators with a package he never mentioned before his speech.

Date: January 27, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Governor addressed a federal stimulus package of $800 million in a single sentence at his State of the State address.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Governor Nixon's speech to the state briefly addressed a federal recovery package that Senators had not yet heard about.

House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet, a Republican from St. Louis County said no Senators knew about the package, but he had been curious where Nixon was planning to get the money.

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Description: "I was wondering given the hold he has to fill this year through the withhold and the hold next year how he going to actually do that, and I was not surprised. I told some of my colleagues he may use that federal money to balance the budget which, again, I do not believe is prudent."

Icet also said he was leery of balancing the 2010 budget with dollars not yet in their hands.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Governor Nixon mentioned a federal stimulus package that would aid the Medicaid program in his State of the State.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol. 

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Governor Nixon wants to use some of the $800 million from the proposed federal stimulus package to expand access to healthcare. Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, a Republican from St. Joseph argued using the money for Medicaid was not appropriate.
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Description: "That's not acceptable because that would be a use of one-time money for ongoing core funding demands and we simply can't do that."

Nixon said he believes the federal recovery package will pass through Congress quickly.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.