Monday, March 25, 2013

Nixon: Strengthening Medicaid is the smart thing to do

(The following is a newsletter Gov. Jay Nixon sent out today.)

As you may know, a critical decision lies in the hands of your representatives here in Jefferson City.  Right now, we have the opportunity to bring billions of your tax dollars back from Washington to Missouri, creating 24,000 jobs and providing health coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians – at no cost to the state for the next three years. 
300,000 Missourians. 24,000 jobs.  Zero state dollars.
Never before in my 26 years of public service, and possibly never again in our lifetimes, will the state of Missouri be able to do so much good, for so many people, at so little cost.   
That is why I’ve been traveling to every corner of Missouri – 21 stops so far – to make the case that strengthening Medicaid is the smart thing to do for our economy and the right thing to do for the people of the Show-Me State.
The response we’re receiving is overwhelming – business organizations, labor unions, law enforcement, health providers and everyday Missourians – from St. Louis to St. Joseph, and dozens of towns in between, are all coming out to show their support for strengthening Medicaid.
It’s the right business decision and the right human decision. And we know the majority of Missourians agree.

But this plan can only move forward if the General Assembly passes a bill to authorize it by the end of the legislative session in May.  Otherwise, on January 1, 2014, the dollars that Missouri taxpayers send to Washington will begin to be spent in other states. They’ll get the benefit, and we’ll get the bill.
With stakes this high and time running short, we need your help.
Follow me on Twitter @GovJayNixon and spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers and – most importantly – to your legislators.  Tell them you want your tax dollars spent in your community, not in some other state.
Because we’ve worked together these past five years to keep our budget balanced and fiscal house in order, we’re turning our economy around.  Our unemployment rate has been below the national average for 42 straight months, and last year Missouri employers added 40,000 jobs.

But we can’t stop now.
We must make the smart business decision and bring our tax dollars back home to Missouri to strengthen our health and our economy.

Thank you for standing with me.

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