Nixon's State Address Wednesday May Be Budget Focused

8 years 4 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, January 19 2011 Jan 19, 2011 Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:45:23 AM CST January 19, 2011 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Jay Nixon holds his annual State of the State address Wednesday night. On Tuesday, his involvement in a new vehicle production line at the Ford Claycomo plant in Kansas City and talks of restricting his travel funding, dominated Missouri headlines. The upcoming budget is expected to be a hot topic.

KOMU previously reported much of the focus may be on the estimated $500 million state budget deficit as GOP leaders urge Nixon to present a balanced budget. Nixon has tried to protect higher education funding, but it will likely face future cuts. Although the Governor has not released the agenda for his speech, the St. Louis Post Dispatch said it will probably have "electoral overtones" as Nixon plans to run again for Governor in 2012.

Wednesday's schedule:
  • 5:30 p.m.- Nixon expected to release his proposed spending plan in an outline of the budget.
  • 7:00 p.m.- Nixon delivers State of the State Address.
  • 8:00 p.m.- Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder delivers the Republican response.
To watch the address live online at 7:00 p.m., visit the State of Missouri website here.

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