Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's opening day last week.
Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.
"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," Kinder said.
Springfield, Ill. – With big budget problems, continued controversy over an early prisoner release program and a primary election looming, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gives his first state of the state address today.
The speech is the governor's biggest opportunity to set the year's legislative agenda. But expectations for the address are low, as Amanda Vinicky reports.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposal to replace Missouri's state income tax with an expanded sales tax was heard today in a seminar for members of the State Senate.
The proposal is backed by retired businessman Rex Sinquefield and the think-tank he heads, the St. Louis-based Show-Me Institute. Joseph Haslag is the group's Vice President and an Economics professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
New York, NY – St. Louis, Chicago and the San Francisco area are out of the running as venues if the United States lands the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
Eighteen cities, with a total of 21 stadiums, were selected Tuesday. About 12 stadiums would be chosen if the U.S. bid is successful. The bid will be submitted in May, and FIFA will make the decision on hosts in December.