payroll tax cut extension http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-republicans-defend-stance-payroll-tax-cut <p>Illinois&#39; Republican congressmen are largely defending their party&#39;s decision not to support an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.</p><p>They say the U.S. Senate bill they rejected called for only a two-month extension, and they think a longer-term solution would be better.</p><p>U.S. Rep. John Shimkus <a href="http://bit.ly/trY7Eb">tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register</a> that a one-year extension would get the issue &quot;out of political debate.&quot;</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:52:07 +0000 The Associated Press 2735 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-december-20-2011 <p>Good morning! Here are some of today&#39;s starting headlines:</p><p><strong>Slay authorizes $64 million in bonds for St. Louis parks</strong></p><p>Funding for St. Louis City parks will no longer be siphoned into other capital improvement projects, following a bill signing by Mayor Francis Slay Monday night.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:35:53 +0000 Julie Bierach, Joseph Leahy, Maria Altman & The Associated Press 2711 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-proposes-bill-designed-boost-jobs <p>Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.</p><p>Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, on Tuesday <a href="http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1412">announced </a>their proposed legislation.</p><p>The federal lawmakers say the legislation will boost jobs. They also called it an example of what bipartisanship can produce.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:28:30 +0000 The Associated Press & Bill Raack 2623 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs Durbin: Democrats to keep pushing payroll tax cut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-democrats-keep-pushing-payroll-tax-cut <p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats will continue to push for votes on a payroll tax cut extension after it failed.</p><p>Senate Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/01/143033957/senate-rejects-for-now-extending-payroll-tax-cut">on Thursday rejected</a> a Democratic plan to pay for the $120 billion tax cut extension with an extra tax on income above $1 million. Durbin says Congress is &quot;going to go back to this next week and the following week.&quot;</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:20:37 +0000 The Associated Press 2598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin: Democrats to keep pushing payroll tax cut