Kurt Schaefer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/house-senate-negotiators-finish-work-missouri-budget <p>House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.</p><p>Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:27:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education <p>The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:53:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35681 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-committee-begins-reviewing-state-budget-passed-house <p>Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:49:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35112 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-begins-debate-nixons-tax-cut-compromise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a>, a Democrat, and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/members/mem08.htm">state Sen. Will Kraus,</a> R-Lee's Summit.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:48:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34199 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-legislative-leaders-battle-over-state-budget-estimates <p><em>(Updated 1:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20)</em></p><p>Missouri legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon are disagreeing on what revenue estimates should be used in drawing up the state budget for the coming fiscal year – an argument that could affect the General Assembly’s deliberations when it goes back into session in a few weeks.</p><p>But the specifics of the budget dispute aren’t clear because most of the parties involved are commenting only through press releases and offering -- at least so far -- few additional details.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:13:10 +0000 Jo Mannies 32427 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates Kurt Schaefer To Run For Mo. Attorney General http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kurt-schaefer-run-mo-attorney-general <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia has become the first big-name Republican to officially toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General's race.</span></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:18:50 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30004 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kurt Schaefer To Run For Mo. Attorney General Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/liquor-franchise-legislation-stalls-missouri-senate <p>Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:57:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate Fed. Investigator Testifies Before Mo. Sen. Committee On Receiving Conceal Carry List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fed-investigator-testifies-mo-sen-committee-receiving-conceal-carry-list <P>The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</A> committee.</P> <P>Keith Schilb of the<A href="http://www.ssa.gov/"> Social Security Administration's </A>Inspector General's office&nbsp;told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.&nbsp; He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.</P> <P>"O Thu, 02 May 2013 00:05:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26002 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fed. Investigator Testifies Before Mo. Sen. Committee On Receiving Conceal Carry List Mo. Senate Passes State Budget, De-Funds DMV, And Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-state-budget-de-funds-dmv-and-defeats-another-medicaid-expansion-attempt <p>After nearly&nbsp;eight hours of debate Monday, the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has passed next year’s state budget.</p><p>The roughly $25 billion spending plan still does not include Medicaid expansion, but not for a lack of trying by Democrats.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem10.htm"> Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus </a>offered up an amendment that would’ve added $890 million to the Social Services budget, enough to expand Medicaid to around 260,000 Missourians next year.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:27:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25690 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Passes State Budget, De-Funds DMV, And Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt Schaefer Says ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schaefer-says-atf-bureau-and-social-security-requested-missouris-conceal-carry-weapons-list <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem19.htm">Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer</a> (R, Columbia)&nbsp;says the<a href="http://dor.mo.gov/"> Department of Revenue </a>(DOR)&nbsp;has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW)&nbsp;holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:59:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25506 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schaefer Says ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List