Gov. Jay Nixon backs Medicaid expansion, bonding plan

11:02 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income adults and authorize hundreds of millions of dollars of bonds for improvements to schools, parks and state buildings.

The Democratic governor outlined the proposals Monday as part of his State of the State address to the Republican-led Legislature. He proposed a $25.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, including $900 million of federal funds for the Medicaid expansion.

Nixon's plan would eliminate a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who rent their homes and direct the money to other services for them.

He proposes to fund the bond program by paring back existing tax credits for low-income housing, the renovation of historic buildings and other programs.

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