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Feb. 8, 2012

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

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 in higher education funding, amounting to approximately $106 million of cuts. The new money will come from a settlement between the state attorney general and ...
March 31, 2011

Missouri House OKs state budget

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 the House’s website, a total of $1,155,741,881 will be going to higher education. That is composed of $833,552,030 from the state’s general revenue fund, $7,268,774 ...
Jan. 29, 2011

Nixon unhappy over UM System tuition hike

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 every efficiency in their operations before taking this type of action that affects families’ ability to pay for higher education." A state law says universities ...
Jan. 19, 2011

House votes to repeal Health Care Reform Bill

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 insurance plan until age 26. “Missouri is the Show-Me State, and today’s vote in the House to repeal the Democrats’ job-killing health-care law demonstrates that ...

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

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 can persuade elections. “We need to set strict limits on campaign contributions that are undermining the sovereignty of the people and subverting the fundamental principle ...

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

“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 in the economy. “So while tuition soared by double digits around the nation, Missouri schools kept tuition and fees flat for two years running,” Nixon ...

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

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 Missouri.” Nixon said some students couldn’t get A+ scholarships because their schools weren’t A+ schools. “That’s just not fair,” Nixon said. Nixon said his 2012 ...

Gov. Nixon delivers optimistic message for Missouri auto-industry

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 corner,” Nixon said. Nixon also said last summer he called the General Assembly into a special session to discuss strengthening the automotive industry in Missouri. ...
Dec. 19, 2010

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repealed by Senate

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 a simple majority to pass. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., voted to repeal the policy, but Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., voted to uphold it.
Dec. 8, 2010

House of Representatives passes DREAM Act regarding immigration

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 graduated from high school or earned their GED. Before they can become legal residents of the U.S., the individuals must complete two years of college ...