Nixon to call for Medicaid expansion in State of the State address

Jan 28, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will lay out his proposed budget Monday when he delivers his annual State of the State address.

The governor’s address will include his call for expanding Medicaid coverage, which GOP leaders in both chambers have already said won’t happen. He will also call for more education funding from Kindergarten through college – that would mark an about-face for Higher Education, which has undergone budget cuts for the past three years, including a $9 million cut last year. Nixon is also expected to ask lawmakers to spend money on mental health training as a means of improving school safety – that proposal is in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

You can hear the State of the State Address live on KBIA. The Republican Response will follow. Coverage begins at 7 p.m.