We're excited to have you all join us tonight at 7! Bring your thoughts about the state of the State of Missouri, Gov. Nixon and what the next year should look like in Missouri politics and policy.
Hello! We're now live and about 13 minutes away from the start of our on-air coverage. What are some of your early questions or thoughts?
Gov. Nixon has entered the house chamber and will begin his address shortly. Your turn: What's his opening line?
Since the Governor's webstream doesn't seem to be working tonight, we're glad you're listening to the SOTS on-line or on 90.7.
Nixon opens address discussing efforts to "move the state forward" and working together. Says "once our minds are made up nothing can stop us."
As he has in his four previous SOTS, Gov. Nixon begins by touting the state's accomplishments and successes.
@RaySWMo: Do you think there will be any more? Should there be?
Nixon announces increase in budget for education by "$150 million" - what do you think?
Nixon: "This is the year we will expand our A+ program to every public high school in the state."
Should higher education funding be tied to performance standards? Which ones?
Stay with St. Louis Public Radio after the Governor finishes....for House Speaker Tim Jones. He'll have the Republican response.
Not much applause for Obamacare this evening.
A little AP reporting on the address so far tonight: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to raise the pay of state employees while also cutting 190 positions in state government.
He's proposed a 2 percent raise for state workers effective Jan. 1, 2014 - halfway through the state's next budget year. The governor's plan also calls for a targeted salary raise for nurses.
Nixon: "Strengthening Medicaid will strengthen our economy. It's the smart thing to do." Do you agree?
Nixon proposes "BOOST Fund" - stands for Building Opportunities in Our Schools Today
The Governor spoke about Medicaid expansion for almost ten minutes. Will it make a difference? The GOP will decide.
What do you think about what the Governor has proposed so far? Anything surprise you? Anything you're really happy or upset about?
We're now airing House Speaker Tim Jones' GOP response to the Governor's speech.
Jones mentions infrastructure, Nixon did not in his address.
Jones calls effort to expand Medicaid a "ploy" by Washington to "force the hand" of states like Missouri.
Jones: "One of our top priorities will be to reform our medical malpractice system."
Well - the Governor has concluded his remarks. Your initial reactions to what was said?
Both the Governor and Speaker Jones have addressed the state tonight. There's lots to digest. Your initial thoughts?
As you've let the address and response settle in your mind a little bit - what stood out?