downsizing http://news.stlpublicradio.org en MoDOT preparing for winter snow removal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/modot-preparing-winter-snow-removal <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://modot.gov/">Missouri Department of Transportation</a> says snow removal won&rsquo;t be an issue this winter, despite the agency&rsquo;s downsizing.</p><p>MoDOT&rsquo;s downsizing includes laying off 1,200 workers, closing over 130 facilities, and selling off hundreds of pieces of equipment.&nbsp; State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright says, though, that the number of workers assigned to remove snow and ice will remain the same. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:15:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2559 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MoDOT preparing for winter snow removal Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/committee-defeats-proposal-shrink-mo-house <p>A Missouri House committee has rejected a proposal to downsize its own chamber.</p><p>The proposed constitutional amendment would have reduced the state House from 163 members to 103 members starting in 2015. A House committee voted Thursday to reject the plan.</p><p>Critics have expressed concerns that the smaller number of lawmakers would mean the public would not be as effectively represented.</p><p>Supporters say that reducing the number of lawmakers would help state government save money.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:58:17 +0000 The Associated Press 908 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. House