MO Gov. Nixon: improve edu, econ. development, etc.

MISSOURI (AP)-  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to improve government efficiency and pursue efforts dealing with education, economic development and Medicaid.

Nixon said Friday he would like to consolidate regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources and says there should also be discussions about lengthening Missouri's school year. Additionally, Nixon wants to increase exports and promote tourism, and he called for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics legislation.

The Democratic governor will be sworn-in Jan. 14 for a second four-year term. Republicans claimed a supermajority in the Legislature.

Previously, Nixon announced support for a state Medicaid expansion for adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level as allowed under the federal health care law. He says it is the right and smart thing to do.

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