Jacob Hummel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-work-hits-snag-missouri-house-not-enough-votes-move-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:00:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-second-injury-fund-fixworkers-comp-bill-gov-nixon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the </span><a href="http://house.mo.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri House</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;It had already passed the </span><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Senate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:02:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-republicans-outline-commonsense-conservative-medicaid-alternative <p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a>.</span></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:03:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Sean Sandefur & The Associated Press 9656 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/two-separate-mo-house-committees-reject-medicaid-expansion-efforts <P>Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.</P> <P>First, the House<A href="http://house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=161&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R"> subcommittee that oversees the budgets for the Departments of Health, Mental Health and Social Services</A> voted to approve those agencies budgets&nbsp;without including Governor Jay Nixon’s (D)&nbsp;call<A href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/jay-nixon?page=3"> to expand Medicaid to an additional 259,000 Missourians next year</A>.&nbsp; <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=100">State Representative Sue Allen</A>&nbsp;(R, Town and Country)&nbsp;chairs that subcommittee.</P> <P>“We can’t afford it…it’s not rocket science," Allen said.&nbsp; "If we expand, taking federal dollars now, which I do not believe would not use some state (general revenue), even with what we’re told the feds would do now, there will be a time (when) the feds will back off.” Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:30:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-democrats-file-medicaid-expansion-bill <P>House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.</P> <P><A href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB627&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 627</A> would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say&nbsp;not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.&nbsp; Kerry Noble is CEO of <A href="http://www.pemiscot.org/">Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems </A>in the Missouri Boot-heal. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:47:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9426 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill Report: Missouri Has Lost $2.3 Billion In Revenue By Not Collecting Taxes On Internet Sales http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-missouri-has-lost-23-billion-revenue-not-collecting-taxes-internet-sales <P>It appears that Missouri has lost&nbsp;about $2.3 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet.</P> <P>A report issued by the University of Missouri’s <A href="http://truman.missouri.edu/">Truman School of Public Affairs</A> says that averages out to around $468 million a year.&nbsp; <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=81&amp;year=2013">House Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel</A> (D, St. Louis) says collecting taxes on Internet sales could help fund several critical needs, including K-12 schools.</P> <P>“I think if you look at just levels of school funding, when adjusted for inflation, we’re back at levels in the early (19)90’s," Hummel said.&nbsp; "Clearly this is a way to enhance revenue.” Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:28:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7951 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Missouri Has Lost $2.3 Billion In Revenue By Not Collecting Taxes On Internet Sales Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-dealing-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-approved-mo-house <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House </a>has given first-round approval to <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">another workers&rsquo; compensation bill</a>.</p><p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;vetoed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244"> a similar bill </a>last month that originated in the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Senate</a>.&nbsp; The House version contains most of the same provisions &ndash; it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would&nbsp;restore occupational disease claims within the workers&rsquo; comp system.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=108">State Rep.&nbsp;Jacob Hummel </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) debated with the bill&rsquo;s sponsor, <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">Dave Schatz </a>(R, Sullivan). Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:40:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3422 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House