JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) - At noon, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon took the oath of office as Missouri's 55th governor. As Nixon embarks on his second and last term as Missouri's governor he spoke first of the great divide Missouri faced during the Civil War. Then he called for everyone to look to the future.
"History has left its indelible mark on our landscape and our character. But, history is not destiny. We do not inherit the future. We must build the future. A future without limits." said Gov. Jay Nixon - (D) Missouri.
During Nixon's first term republicans criticized the governor for waiting until legislation had been passed before taking a stand. House speaker Tim JONES OF Eureka sees a change. He'll meet with Governor Nixon Tuesday.
"Some of his top level staffers have met with some of my top level staffers over the holiday break. Early on in the session I have noticed an outreach earlier. Much more differently than we've seen in the last few years." SAID HOUSE SPEAKER TIM JONES - (R) EUREKA
There are outside pressures from both business and former state leaders to find more positive compromise this year.
"Both sides have to understand we've got to find some common ground to not only raise the revenue that we need but also make the cuts in government services that could be changed and could be different." said former Missouri Governor Bob Holden.
Economic and education issues are likely to get early attention from republicans. Nixon's agenda may not be revealed until his state of the state speech later this month. On Monday Missourians will celebrate with their elected officials at the inaugural ball held beneath the capitol rotunda.