Gov. Jay Nixon to call for increased education funding

2 years 1 month 2 days ago January 21, 2015 Jan 21, 2015 Wednesday, January 21 2015 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:02:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to call for more funding for public education in his State of the State address.

The Democratic governor will be speaking to a Legislature dominated by Republicans when he delivers his remarks Wednesday night. The governor's office says he will ask lawmakers to work together in a bipartisan fashion.

Nixon already has highlighted one part of his agenda. It's a bonding plan for repairs and renovations at public colleges and universities and state facilities such as the Capitol.

He has not said how much of a funding increase he will seek for the daily operations of K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

The governor's office says Nixon will emphasize "fiscal discipline," while also seeking to spend money on things that grow the economy.

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