Missouri Governor Delivers 2014 State of the State Address

By Priscilla Mace

Published 01/21 2014 09:05PM

Updated 01/21 2014 10:53PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual state-of-the-state address tonight. The governor focused on his work to lower unemployment in the state. He also spoke on the need to improve education in Missouri on every level, from head start to colleges and universities. Nixon says his next focus is to expand the state's Medicaid program, something he called essential to give Missourians a healthier way of life.

"Right now, hundreds of thousands of these working Missourians can't afford to get the basic health services they need to lead healthy, productive lives. I challenge each one of you to think of any other bill that would make this kind of real and immediate difference, the kind of difference Medicaid expansion would make in the lives of the people we represent," said Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri. 

Nixon says expanding Medicaid could help more than 300,000 Missourians get the treatment they desperately need.

Moments after Nixon's speech, Missouri Speaker Tim Jones delivered the Republican response to the state-of-the-state. Much of his response focused on the state's economic growth. Jones says while the governor has boasted the amount of jobs he has brought to the state, it wasn't until recently that thousands of jobs actually came to Missouri. An effort Jones says it's not enough for Missouri residents.

"The people of this state deserve a government that works to level the playing field and remove barriers so workers and businesses can do what they do best, create growth and opportunity for all," said Tim Jones, Missouri House Speaker. 

Jones says Missouri needs to become the 25th right-to-work state.

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