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Governor Addresses Key Issues In Jefferson City

Date: February 10, 2011
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
State Capitol Bureau

 
Intro: 
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declined to say whether he would veto the controversial "right to work" bill.
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Wrap: At a press conference Thursday, the governor refused to say whether he would veto the bill banning mandatory union membership.

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Description: "I don't want to announce before they say anything whether I'd sign or veto it bcause you know there could be a lot of things in a lot of things before Christmas trees get to my desk."

Nixon says the act would not move our economy forward.

In a committee hearing Tuesday, Missouri Senators heard testimony from both sides on the bill.  

From Jefferson City, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said that after cutting jobs in the State work force, he hopes to find new ways to save the State money.
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Wrap: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says there are other cost-saving, efficient changes other than layoffs to reduce the budget.

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Description: "I continue to believe that there are efficiencies in government that we can continue to get. I really believe that. That doesn't necessarily mean we'll be looking for additional reductions."

He says the recent merger of the Missouri Highway and Water Patrol will save the state three million a year without anymore layoffs.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn.

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Missouri's governor has concerns over the campaign to give St. Louis control of its police department.
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Wrap: The governor's words came at a press conference Thursday for the Missouri Press Association and Associated Press.

Nixon says he's concerned local control would cause police officers to make decisions with political consequences in mind.

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Description: "Those police officers, it's a very difficult job. They need to answer to their sargeant, to their captains, and to their majors. They don't need to answer to their aldermen and their committee men."

Nixon also says too much political involvement won't increase public safety or respect for law enforcement.

From Jefferson City, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn.


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