Missouri 2014 legislative session starts

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KPLR) – Wednesday the 2014 Missouri legislative session started, and Governor Jay Nixon is hoping to build on the last session’s progress to improve Missouri’s economy.

Citing reports on Missouri’s job growth, by industry think tanks and policy centers, Nixon says the state was in the top 10 states to see job growth in 2013, with over 43,000 jobs created. 15,000 of those jobs coming in the month of November in 2013, helping to bring unemployment in the state to 6.1 percent, the lowest since August 2008.

Nixon’s agenda for 2014 includes creating more good paying jobs for Missourians, maintaining fiscal responsibility, investing in public services, possible Medicaid expansion for the Affordable Healthcare Act, and school transfer debate.