Proposition B http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/animal-advocates-await-response-mo-supreme-court <P>The <A href="http://www.humanesociety.org/">Humane Society of the United States</A> and two Missouri-based non-profit animal groups are waiting to hear if the <A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court</A> will take up their appeal on what they describe as a crippling regulation.</P> <P>The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care.&nbsp; Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.</P> <P>“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:04:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7614 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Animal Advocates Await Response From Mo. Supreme Court Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/effort-raise-cigarette-tax-fails-again <p>Missouri voters have <a href="http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^011656688155">narrowly defeated</a> an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax.<br><br>If <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/default.asp#propB">Proposition B</a> had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone from <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/2011-state-cigarette-excise-taxes.aspx">the lowest in the nation</a>, at 17 cents, up to 90 cents.<br> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:43:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/raise-missouris-cigarette-tax-voters-decide-proposition-b <p>Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax of any state in the country – and some of the highest smoking and lung cancer rates. A measure on tomorrow’s ballot – <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/default.asp#propB">Proposition B</a> – is aiming to change that.<br><br>While previous efforts to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax have failed, proponents of this increase are more optimistic.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:18:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposition-b-tobacco-tax-increase <p>In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers &amp; Convenience Store Association.&nbsp;</p><p>McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.</p><p><strong><em>Official Ballot Title: </em></strong><em>(source: Missouri Secretary of State website)</em></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:33:00 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5996 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase Urban and rural Missourians divided by views on puppies, state spending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/urban-and-rural-missourians-divided-views-puppies-state-spending-0 <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-974677.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-974677.mp3</a></p><p>The St. Louis metro area is considered Missouri&rsquo;s economic engine.&nbsp; But, it&rsquo;s in constant competition with both Kansas City and rural areas for state dollars for schools, roads and other needs.</p><p>Financial interests are not the only things that drive a wedge between city and country dwellers.&nbsp; In this installment of our series &ldquo;Bound by Division,&rdquo; St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin looks at how the divide between urban and rural interests often comes to a head in Jefferson City.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:54:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1489 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Urban and rural Missourians divided by views on puppies, state spending Nixon adds $1.1 million for oversight of dog breeders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-adds-11-million-oversight-dog-breeders <p>Missouri&rsquo;s budget for next fiscal year includes $1.1 million more for oversight of dog breeders.</p><p>Governor Jay Nixon highlighted the funding at a press conference Tuesday at the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.</p><p>The move comes after the governor helped craft a compromise bill this spring that toughened state oversight of dog breeders but scaled back some provisions of the voter-approved initiative Prop B.</p><p>Humane Society of Missouri president Kathy Warnick says the group has no regrets about the compromise. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:43:05 +0000 Maria Altman 1432 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon adds $1.1 million for oversight of dog breeders Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-april-28-2011 <p><strong>Army Corps of Engineers to Decide on Levee Breach this Weekend</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers </a>will wait until this weekend to decide whether to punch a massive hole in a Mississippi County, Missouri levee to protect Cairo, Ill.</p><p>The mayor of the small city isn&#39;t waiting that long to take action.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:45:10 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & KRCU 1057 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011 Nixon signs compromise version of dog-breeding bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-compromise-version-dog-breeding-bill <p><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Missouri Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;this evening&nbsp;signed into law a compromise dog-breeding bill, the result of last week&rsquo;s agreement between some supporters and opponents of voter-approved <a href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2010petitions/2010-085.asp">Proposition B</a>.</p><p>First, Nixon <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4075538">signed a bill </a>this morning&nbsp;that stripped several regulations out of Prop B, including the 50-dogs-per-breeder cap and requirements for larger cages and annual veterinary exams. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:58:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1054 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon signs compromise version of dog-breeding bill Dog-breeding legislation moves through Mo. legislature http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dog-breeding-legislation-moves-through-mo-legislature <p><strong>Updated 6:38 p.m.:</strong></p><p>Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a new version of a bill rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding.</p><p>Wednesday&#39;s quick action by the state House and Senate came after Nixon began the day by signing a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the &quot;Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act&quot; approved by voters last November.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:26:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 1048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dog-breeding legislation moves through Mo. legislature Gov. Nixon signs changes to Mo. dog-breeding law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-signs-changes-mo-dog-breeding-law <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing part of a voter-approved dog-breeding law in an agreement with lawmakers to consider more changes to breeder regulations.</p><p>Nixon signed the legislation Wednesday. It eliminates a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various requirements on dogs&#39; living conditions. Instead, breeders would need to provide appropriate space for dogs based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture. Operators would pay more for licenses and help finance a program that crack down on unlicensed breeders.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:36:45 +0000 The Associated Press 1046 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon signs changes to Mo. dog-breeding law