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How will Missouri spend its stimulus money?

Date: February 24, 2009
By: Lauren Mickler
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Senate Committee looking at how to spend Missouri's stimulus package explored the state's options with a member of Governor Nixon's cabinet Tuesday.

Lauren Mickler (MIKE-ler) has more from Jefferson City.

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Governor Nixon's Policy Director Jeff Harris said one of the best ways to spend Missouri's stimulus funds is in long term investments like job training.

Committee Chairman Republican Scott Rupp (ROOP) says he wants focus the money on one-time purchases.

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Description: "What one-time expenses do we have that we could use this one-time money to use? Rather than just say hey here's an agency, spend it on ongoing programs, and then in two years we have to continue making those payments. So we're trying to identify one-time payments for one-time money."

The committee will work with governor on how to spend the money.

Governor Nixon has also set up a website for Missourians to chime in on what to do with the stimulus funds.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Lauren Mickler.


Intro: State lawmakers and the Governor's policy director looked at federal money and though there were disagreements, they brushed them aside for now.

Lauren Mickler (MIKE-ler) has more from Jefferson City.

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Senators on the committee for the federal stimulus heard from the governor's policy director, Jeff Harris, about where the state's top executive is thinking of spending Missouri's dollars. Harris lacked specifics as final decisions haven't been made, but did say Governor Nixon is looking for guidance.
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Description: "We intend to work in collaboration with the general assembly, we're open to ideas as to how you believe the money should be spent."
 
Harris responded to the committees inquiries with the promise to be open to suggestions, but no definite decisions were made on the spending.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Lauren Mickler.