Andrew Koenig http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-endorses-tax-cut-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two separate but similar tax-cut bills.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:25:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33859 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills Scaled-Back Tax Cut Legislation Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scaled-back-tax-cut-legislation-sent-mo-gov-nixon <P></P> <P>A proposal to cut state income taxes in Missouri for both individuals and businesses is on its way to <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</A> (D).</P> <P><A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB253&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 253</A> would reduce the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points.&nbsp; Both would be phased in over the next 10 years, instead of five as originally proposed. Fri, 10 May 2013 08:08:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26263 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scaled-Back Tax Cut Legislation Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon Mo. House Sends Amended Income Tax Cut/Sales Tax Hike Back To Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-sends-amended-income-tax-cutsales-tax-hike-back-mo-senate <P>The <A href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</A> has passed<A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944752"> a Senate bill </A>that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making&nbsp;a few changes.</P> <P>First, the sales tax hike would be&nbsp;six-tenths of a percentage point, slightly higher than the Senate’s half-a-point, and extra revenues would go toward roads, schools and a new state&nbsp;mental hospital at Fulton.&nbsp; The income tax cut is slightly smaller – two-thirds of a percentage point instead of thr Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:02:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25763 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Sends Amended Income Tax Cut/Sales Tax Hike Back To Mo. Senate Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teaching-evolution-k-12-schools-would-be-regulated-under-mo-house-bill <p>State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>.</p><p>If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.&nbsp; The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=099">State Representative&nbsp;Andrew Koenig</a> (R, Winchester), says&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB179&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 179</a>&nbsp;stresses academic freedom.</p><p>“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.&nbsp; "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.” Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:36:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill