Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is about to get out of the acute mental care business.
The move is part of the budget cuts made this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The proposed cuts, which are expected to go through, would result in the closing of acute care services at facilities in St. Louis and Farmington, which currently house mental patients on a short-term basis.
St. Louis – The St. Louis County Municipal League and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing back against legislation that would allow St. Louis County fire and ambulance districts to levy a sales tax.
St. Louis is currently one of just five counties that does not give fire and ambulance districts the authority.
St. Louis – A St. Louis woman is at the center of a unique case involving who has legal control over donated embryos.
Jennifer McLaughlin and her husband Patrick reached a deal in 2009 with a California couple, Edward and Kerry Lambert, who had four embryos remaining from in-vitro fertilization attempts. The couples, both of whom are Catholic, stated in the agreement that life begins at conception and embryos were be treated as children.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of scrapping Missouri's income tax and replacing it with an expanded sales tax are renewing their push for the measure in the Missouri Senate.
The sponsor, Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), told fellow senators Wednesday that he wants them to study the issue in preparation for floor debate next week. He says switching to a consumption tax would give Missouri's economy a much-needed boost.