St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay has ruled out little in his efforts to close a $45 million gap in the city's budget for fiscal year 2011.
Members of the aldermanic Ways and Means committee tossed several ideas into the mix on Tuesday. They include higher employee contributions to pensions, and a reduction in trash collection. Comptroller Darlene Green wants to see a 39-hour work week for most city employees.
Jefferson City, Mo. – As both President Obama and America's top-ranking military officer call for allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces, Missouri lawmakers are responding with competing resolutions.
State Senator Jolie Justus (D, Kansas City) is sponsoring a resolution supporting the president's call to rescind the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which forbids gays from openly admitting their orientation while serving in the armed forces.
St. Louis – US Congressman Roy Blunt has widened his fundraising advantage over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the race to replace retiring US Senator Kit Bond.
Blunt and Carnahan are the likely Republican and Democratic nominees for the November general election. Blunt faces a primary challenge from state Senator Chuck Purgason, whose represents a district in mid-southeast Missouri.