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Feb. 8, 2012

Nixon restores $40 million of higher education funding to proposed budget

Posted to Politics Watch by Sam Rourke on Feb. 8, 2012 at 4:48 p.m.

Public colleges and universities in Missouri received welcome news Wednesday when Governor Jay Nixon submitted an amendment to restore $40 million worth of funding to these institutions. The amendment came after Nixon’s original budget stirred up controversy over higher education funding. The original budget included an approximate 12.5 percent cut ...

March 31, 2011

Missouri House OKs state budget

Posted to Politics Watch by Allison Prang on March 31, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.

The Missouri House of Representatives passed all 13 bills that compose the state budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday morning. House Bill 3, which pertained to more specific appropriations for higher education programs and funds, was passed by a vote of 141-19, according to House Communications. According to ...

Jan. 29, 2011

Nixon unhappy over UM System tuition hike

Posted to Politics Watch by Steven Dickherber on Jan. 29, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

Following the UM System Board of Curators' decision to raise tuition by an average of 5.5 percent, Gov. Jay Nixon released a statement criticizing the decision. “This tuition proposal is well beyond the increase in the cost of living allowed by statute," Nixon said. "Universities should look first at achieving ...

Jan. 19, 2011

House votes to repeal Health Care Reform Bill

Posted to Politics Watch by Kari Paul on Jan. 19, 2011 at 11:45 p.m.

The House of Representatives voted 245-189 Wednesday to repeal the Health Care Reform Bill. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, joined the rest of the Republican Majority and three democrats in voting to repeal the bill. The bill directly affects college-age students as it allows individuals to remain under their parents' health ...

Ethics reform called for in Nixon's State of the State Address

Posted to Politics Watch by Allison Prang on Jan. 19, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.

Nixon said part of people’s business is ethics reform. “The people of Missouri need to know that their elected representatives are working in the public interest and not for personal gain,” Nixon said. In his speech, Nixon said currently anyone can write a check for any amount of money that ...

Nixon says even if tuition increases next year, Missouri was protected for past two years

Posted to Politics Watch by Allison Prang on Jan. 19, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.

“College affordability has been a top priority of mine since Day One," Nixon said. Nixon said in his written address that currently only 35 percent of Missouri adults have college degrees. He said Missouri needs to move that up to 60 percent for Missouri adults to compete for top jobs ...

Nixon says K-12 classrooms won't face budget cuts

Posted to Politics Watch by Allison Prang on Jan. 19, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.

Nixon said, in a difficult year, Missouri will protect its students in K-12 classrooms. “As you know, states received additional federal funds, to be allocated to school districts this year,” Nixon said. "But in spite of receiving this money, some states are making cuts to their K-12 classrooms. Not in ...

Gov. Nixon delivers optimistic message for Missouri auto-industry

Posted to Politics Watch by Allison Prang on Jan. 19, 2011 at 7:28 p.m.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced at his State of the State Address Jan. 19 at the Capitol he wants to keep building automobiles as part of his goal to keep making products in Missouri. “You know, it sure feels nice to be at the wheel when the automobile industry turned the ...

Dec. 19, 2010

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repealed by Senate

Posted to Politics Watch by Kari Paul on Dec. 19, 2010 at 5:50 p.m.

The Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the military's "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy on Saturday. This vote marked the end of the military’s 17-year policy of banning openly gay and lesbian service members from the military. Eight Republicans and one Independent joined Democrats to vote for the repeal, which required ...

Dec. 8, 2010

House of Representatives passes DREAM Act regarding immigration

Posted to Politics Watch by Steven Dickherber on Dec. 8, 2010 at 9:55 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representative approved the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act by a vote of 216-198. The legislation provides non immigrant status to individuals who came to the U.S. before age 16, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have ...