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Sales tax amendment approved for August ballot

Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that Senate Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 68 has been certified for the August 2014 ballot. It will appear before voters as Constitutional Amendment 7 in the regularly scheduled primary election on August 5, 2014.

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Gov. Nixon issues statement on transportation tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the sales tax increase for transportation that will appear on the August ballot. The proposal would increase sales taxes by $6.1 billion over ten years.

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Special interest giveaways throw budgets out of balance, reduce state and local revenues by $776 million annually

• Members of the General Assembly failed to account for special interest handouts in the budget sent to the Governor’s desk
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The special interest giveaways passed in the final hours of the legislative session would reduce state and local revenues by more than $776 million annually, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today.  On May 16, the legislature passed more than a dozen special tax carve-outs and loopholes, which were not accounted for in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget passed the week before.  As a result, the Governor said, the budget as passed by the General Assembly is out of balance and will need to be corrected.

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On Memorial Day, Gov. Nixon asks Missourians to honor those who gave their lives serving the nation

• Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff at all state facilities on morning of May 26
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 26, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces.

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Gov. Nixon announces that he will veto legislation that would have sent public dollars to private schools

• Senate Bill 493 fails to address challenges resulting from existing transfer law and instead would create even more problems for students and families, Governor says
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he will veto legislation that would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars away from Missouri’s public schools and given that money to private schools without any accountability to voters.  In addition, the Governor said that this failed attempt to fix the current school transfer law would, in fact, result in further disruption for students in struggling school districts by eliminating the requirement that unaccredited school districts pay for transportation costs.   

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