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Nixon Outlines Budget, Priorities

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to raise the pay of state employees while also cutting 190 positions in state government. In his state of the state address Monday night the governor also said he wants to increase funding for education. He wants an increase of 150-million dollars for education.

“Thats 17 Million more for early childhood education, 34 million more for higher education and 100 million dollars more for K-through-12″ said Nixon.

Nixon also proposed billions of dollars of new spending on government-run health care and building projects. He also called for 900-million dollars in Medicaid for low income working adults. Thats under President Obama’s health care law.

The governor also proposed cutting 190 positions in state government , while raising the pay by 2% next January for other state employees.

He also vowed to lead a ballot initiative to impose campaign contribution limits if lawmakers failed to limit the growth of political money.

Overall , he proposed a 25-point-7 billion dollar operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

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