Jason Crowell http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. lawmakers return to Capitol for annual veto session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-return-capitol-annual-veto-session <P>Lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City for their annual veto session, which begins Wednesday at noon.</P> <P>House and Senate leaders will attempt to override <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay&nbsp;Nixon’s</A> (D)&nbsp;veto of a bill that levies local sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases.&nbsp; The issue has heated up, as Nixon’s supporters are running radio ads urging Missouri citizens to call their lawmakers and tell them not to override the Governor’s veto.</P> <P>Nixon calls the bill a retroactive tax hike on anyone who’s bought a vehicle outside of Missouri this year, while GOP leaders say it will provide much-needed revenue to local police and fire departments and encourage car and boat buyers to shop in Missouri.&nbsp; <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=139&amp;year=2012">Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller </A>(R, Willard) admits&nbsp;the chances of overriding the veto of the vehicle sales tax bill are slim. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:46:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers return to Capitol for annual veto session Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-reach-deal-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="http://www.semo.edu/">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 http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget Missouri budget stalemate continues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-budget-stalemate-continues <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House </a>and<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> 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="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm"> 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="http://www.semo.edu/"> Southeast Missouri State University</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm">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 http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri budget stalemate continues Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowell-shuts-down-missouri-senate <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/index.htm">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="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm">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 http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate Missouri Senate passes state budget, restores blind pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-state-budget-restores-blind-pensions <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> passed a&nbsp;$24&nbsp;billion state budget early this morning, following several hours of debate and closed-door negotiations.</p><p>The&nbsp;Senate&nbsp;spending plan&nbsp;for FY2013&nbsp;directly&nbsp;challenges the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;House&#39;s </a>position on blind&nbsp;pensions.&nbsp;&nbsp;By a narrow margin, Senators&nbsp;restored $28 million in state funding cut by the House last month, while leaving in $18 million in federal Medicaid dollars.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem19.htm">Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer</a> (R, Columbia)&nbsp;says they now have more room to maneuver when negotiations with the House begin on the final version of the budget. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:08:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3566 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate passes state budget, restores blind pensions Mo. budget being blocked by group of fiscally conservative Senators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-budget-being-blocked-group-fiscally-conservative-senators <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate&nbsp;</a>convened&nbsp;Monday afternoon&nbsp;preparing to debate&nbsp;next&nbsp;year&#39;s state budget,&nbsp;and almost immediately<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm"> Senator Jason Crowell </a>launched a filibuster.</p><p>The Republican from Cape Girardeau had promised weeks ago that he would block the budget over its use of one-time funds to fill holes in next year&rsquo;s spending plan.&nbsp; Gradually throughout&nbsp;the evening, other&nbsp;fiscally conservative Senators joined in,&nbsp;including<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm"> Jim&nbsp;Lembke </a>(R, Lemay), <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem34.htm">Rob Schaaf </a>(R, St. Joseph),&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem17.htm">Luann Ridgeway</a>&nbsp;(R, Smithville).</p><p>Early on,&nbsp;Crowell&nbsp;spent part of the filibuster lampooning&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;House </a>for cutting pensions for the blind. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:52:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. budget being blocked by group of fiscally conservative Senators Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowell-threatens-derail-state-budget-approval-over-one-time-monies <p>One day after the Missouri House gave first-round approval to the state budget, a state Senator is threatening to derail the entire budget process.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem27.htm">Jason Crowell </a>(R,&nbsp;Cape Girardeau)&nbsp;is objecting&nbsp;to the use of one-time sources of money to plug holes in the FY2013&nbsp;budget.&nbsp; He singled out both Democratic <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>and House GOP leaders for plans to divert $40 million from a federal mortgage settlement to the state&rsquo;s Higher Education budget. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:59:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowell threatens to derail state budget approval over one-time monies Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-january-24-2012-0 <p><strong>Spring session kicks off today in Illinois</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say budget items are expected to top the agenda in the coming weeks. Those items include the state&#39;s troubled pension system and Medicaid costs.</p><p>House Deputy Majority leader, Democrat Frank Mautino, says Medicaid reform could end up being more controversial than pensions. Mautino says payment cycles are stretching too long and that cuts have to be made.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:31:53 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2973 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-january-24-2012 <p><strong>Illinois Supreme Court to announce new policy allowing cameras in trial courts</strong></p><p>The new policy would allow cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.</p><p>Spokesman Joe Tybor says the court will make its announcement today.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:31:43 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2923 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-september-7-2011 <p><strong>Nixon expands special session</strong></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has expanded a special legislative session to include disaster aid for businesses and the repeal of a law limiting teacher-student interaction over the Internet. Nixon widened the agenda shortly after lawmakers convened in special session Tuesday to consider overhauling Missouri&#39;s business incentives.</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:20:09 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 7, 2011