Jefferson City, MO – The MOHELA college construction program, one of former Governor Matt Blunt's top priorities, has been frozen by Jay Nixon, Missouri's new Governor.
Nixon has suspended work indefinitely on a $31 million cancer center at the University of Missouri - Columbia and on various other projects. They're funded by profits from the state's student loan authority, but the economic downturn has resulted in delays in payments.
St. Louis, MO – A report issued on Wednesday has found that development funded through tax increment financing, or special taxing districts, may be a net loss for the St. Louis region.
An interim report by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments found that some $2.5 billion in development occurring in those special taxing districts from 1990 to 2007 did not create corresponding growth in tax revenue.
St. Louis – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said she wants the military to overhaul drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs throughout the armed forces.
The Missouri Democrat said the programs are plagued by understaffing, mismanagement and a lack of anonymity. She said a whistleblower at Fort Leonard Wood brought the problems to her attention last year.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri utility regulators have approved a roughly $163 million rate increase for customers of AmerenUE, the state's largest electricity provider. Public Service Commission staff estimate the average residential consumer will pay $5.88 more per month, an increase of about 8.1 percent. Before the rate increase becomes effective, the commission plans to consider any post-decision appeals. It's unclear exactly how long that will take, but commission Chairman Robert M. Clayton III says he plans to finish the process quickly.