Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to outline budget proposal

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 8:27 a.m. CST; updated 12:21 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers Tuesday night.

The speech is to coincide with the release of Nixon's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Nixon's budget director has said Missouri may face a gap of about $500 million between projected expenses and revenues in the budget year that starts July 1.

The Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have ruled out a general tax increase. That means more cuts are likely for state programs and agencies.

Nixon also will be proposing more incentives for suppliers in the automotive industry, new enticements for businesses to hire military veterans and additional state personnel dedicated to boosting Missouri's exports.

Nixon's speech will be streamed live on the state government web portal, KOMU-TV8/NBC and KRCG/CBS also will stream the speech live on their websites. PBS station KMOS-TV will air the speech and the Republican response live.

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