Mo. Gov. Nixon to outline budget proposal

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 ~ Updated 7:16 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.

The Tuesday night 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.

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