St. Louis – Chesterfield mayor John Nations can drive one of three cars, including a Jaguar, to his office at City Hall, or his day job at a downtown law firm. And the Republican has a low-tax, small government philosophy.
So Nations will admit that his role as front-man for Proposition A can be a little hard to fathom, especially since his constituents voted against the same tax two years ago.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House this week passed legislation that would remove expired and obsolete laws from the state's books.
Examples include outdated methods for collecting census data to laws licensing pool tables and allowing pharmacists to prescribe liquor to patients. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Cole McNary (R, Chesterfield).
"The number of volumes (of statutes) has grown from three to five to eight as the budget has grown," McNary said.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Senate budget writers are going through the state budget bills passed last week by the Missouri House and making even more cuts to the nearly $24 billion spending plan submitted by Governor Jay Nixon.
House members slashed $200 million from the budget before passing it last week. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee so far have proposed additional cuts to life sciences research and Access Missouri scholarships.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Early this afternoon, the Missouri House rejected legislation that would have given St. Louis control over its police department.
The state has overseen the city's police force since the Civil War.
In voting against local control, State Representative Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) noted that the bill's supporters included lots of politicians, while the opposition came from groups representing police officers.