When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldnâ€™t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.
After the ruling, Missouri was one of a number of states that seemed ready to opt out of Medicaid expansion. Many in the Republican-led state legislature say expanding insurance coverage for low-income Missourians would cost too much.
Illinois Congressional candidate Jason Plummer points to the uncertainty of the Metro East levee situation as a large cause of the areaâ€™s high unemployment rate.Â
The Republican candidate says federal regulators are getting in the way of bipartisan work by local officials.Â The Federal Emergency Management Agency alleges the area should be deemed a â€śhazard zone.â€ť If that happens, the value of houses would reportedly plummet. Plummer said the number one complaint he hears is the lack of certainty.
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday accusing Nixon of overspending his appropriation by $1.7 million and thumbing his nose at the budget appropriation process.