veterans' homes en Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the five proposed constitutional amendments </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.&nbsp; One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.</span></p><p><strong>Electronic data and communications</strong></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:31:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37853 at Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed&nbsp;<a href=";year=2012&amp;code=R&amp;style=new">legislation</a> redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military&nbsp;veterans.</p><p>The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated&nbsp;funding stream for the state&#39;s seven nursing homes that serve about&nbsp;1,300 veterans.</p><p>Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that&nbsp;money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law&nbsp;redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:12:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3813 at Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 <p><strong>Nixon to sign funding stream for Mo. veterans homes</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is set to sign <a href="">legislation</a> that provides a dedicated funding source for the state&rsquo;s veterans homes.</p><p>The measure redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs into a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. Those early childhood funds will be replaced with money from the state&rsquo;s tobacco settlement.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 11:18:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3810 at Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Missouri lawmakers have sent the&nbsp;governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to&nbsp;veterans&#39; nursing homes.</p><p>The bill given final approval Thursday by the House would&nbsp;earmark most of the state&#39;s fees from casinos to a trust fund for&nbsp;the Missouri Veterans Commission. The intent is to provide a&nbsp;permanent, predictable funding stream for the state&#39;s seven nursing&nbsp;homes that serve more than 1,300 military veterans.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 15:53:04 +0000 The Associated Press 3668 at Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget <p>With a Friday deadline looming, Missouri lawmakers finally reached a compromise on putting the final touches on the state budget.</p><p>The agreement addresses veterans&rsquo; homes, university funding and other sticking points:&nbsp;&nbsp;First, budget negotiators agreed to spread an additional $3 million among several universities, including <a href="">Southeast Missouri State</a>, and dropped a proposal to give $2 million to that school alone.&nbsp; Also, lawmakers will have to craft a&nbsp;Higher Education funding formula&nbsp;by the end of next year, which would be&nbsp;implemented&nbsp;in July&nbsp;2014. Wed, 09 May 2012 18:41:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3663 at Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget Missouri budget stalemate continues <p>The&nbsp;<a href="">Missouri House </a>and<a href=""> Senate </a>are still at an impasse over next year&rsquo;s state budget.</p><p>The Senate has made no progress on persuading<a href=""> Jason Crowell&nbsp;</a>(R, Cape Girardeau) to stop blocking every bill in the Senate, including one to fund veterans&rsquo; homes.&nbsp;&nbsp;He says he has no objections to transferring gaming revenues from early childhood programs to nursing homes for military vets, but he won&rsquo;t allow it or any other bill to advance unless the House strips more than $2 million&nbsp;in extra funding&nbsp;from<a href=""> Southeast Missouri State University</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">President Pro-tem Rob Mayer </a>(R,&nbsp;Dexter)&nbsp;says other Senators have sided with Crowell on the issue. Tue, 08 May 2012 23:39:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3657 at Missouri budget stalemate continues Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The&nbsp;<a href="">Missouri Senate</a> has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans&rsquo; homes will be adopted.</font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><a href="">Jason Crowell </a>(R, Cape Girardeau)&nbsp;and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;night&nbsp;and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.&nbsp;&nbsp;In addition to&nbsp;using a filibuster to block&nbsp;the veterans&rsquo; homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block&nbsp;all bills from being debated.</font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">&ldquo;We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they&rsquo;re gonna be resolved one way or the other,&quot; Crowell&nbsp;said.&nbsp; &quot;I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do.&rdquo; Tue, 08 May 2012 05:01:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3648 at Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees <p>House and Senate budget negotiators resumed talks today, but still have not resolved differences over how to fund veterans homes and health care for the blind.</p><p>They agreed on numerous budget items that have garnered little to no controversy.&nbsp; The House won out on its proposed pay raise for state workers &ndash; those earning under $70,000 a year would get a 2 percent raise starting in July.&nbsp; Kirk Schaefer (R, Columbia), the Senate&rsquo;s chief negotiator, says he didn&rsquo;t mind accepting the House&rsquo;s position on pay raises.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 17:38:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3642 at Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it <p><a href="">House</a> and<a href=""> Senate </a>budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what&rsquo;s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement:&nbsp; finding a way to fund veterans&rsquo; homes.</p><p>The House this week passed<a href=";BillID=13"> legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues </a>currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.&nbsp; The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.&nbsp; <a href=";district=038">House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey </a>(R, Kansas City) accuses <a href="">Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer&nbsp;</a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;of playing games. Fri, 04 May 2012 21:50:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3637 at Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it Mo. budget talks on hold over veterans' home money <p>Negotiators working on a final&nbsp;version of Missouri&#39;s budget are taking a wait-and-see approach&nbsp;dependent on a new funding plan for veterans&#39; nursing homes.</p><p>A conference committee of House and Senate members convened&nbsp;briefly Thursday, but only to say they are not going to meet&nbsp;further until the Senate takes action on the veterans&#39; legislation.</p><p>The House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide a dedicated&nbsp;funding stream for Missouri&#39;s financially strapped veterans&#39; homes.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 15:22:36 +0000 The Associated Press 3623 at Mo. budget talks on hold over veterans' home money