Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's tax revenues were a little better this past month; but the improvement isn't enough to reduce the projected budget shortfall.
The Department of Revenue says individual income tax revenues were nearly 3.4% higher than in February, 2002. Still, over the first eight months of the fiscal year, net general revenues remain nearly 4% below the previous year.
The shortfall is being covered through spending cuts and, possibly, through the issuance of state revenue bonds.
St. Louis, Mo. – A group of architects is heading an effort to raise $2 million. That's how much they say it would cost to clean and renovate the outside walls of St. Louis City Hall.
The building hasn't had a good bath in decades, and city leaders say private financing is the only way the project will happen. That's because the sagging economy leaves little, if any, money in city budgets that are already being cut.
The renovation would include repairs to the roof, guttering, flashing and parapet.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Republican Party has filed open records requests with Governor Holden's office.
It's trying to get information about discussions over how state agencies should cooperate with lawmakers in budget talks.
A spokesman for the party says the Republicans want to know if Holden's administration is stonewalling legislators. They say many department directors have not responded to their requests to suggest cuts beyond what Holden has recommended.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County police officer, who authorities at first thought may have tried to commit suicide, apparently was accidentally shot by a colleague while both were off-duty.
Patricia March is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Monday. Tuesday, officials charged police officer Tom Ziegler with second-degree assault, armed criminal action and drug possession.