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A special commission met in Jefferson City on Monday in an attempt to come to an agreement on redrawing State Senate distric boundaries. They adjourned without reaching a deal. The commission has until Aug. 18 to propose a tentative map.
Commission struggles to reach agreement on Senate districts boundaries
A panel of five Democrats and five Republicans met Monday and adjourned without reaching a deal on a new Missouri state Senate district map for the 34-member Senate. Commission leaders said the St. Louis area seems to be the biggest sticking point in adjusting the outlines of the state and Senate districts.
Missouri’s gross revenue collection in July was up by .6 percent as compared to July 2010.
The revenue increase is driven by strong individual income tax collection, which was up 9.3 percent over the same time last year. Sales taxes remain stagnant, according to state budget director Linda Luebbering. She blames low sales tax collection on a stubbornly high unemployment rate.
Missouri has the fourth-highest Amish population growth rate in the country. Between 2009 and 2011, the Amish population grew by 15 percent, according to Donald Kraybill at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
Kraybill says that the population boom is fueled by large family size, high retention rates and immigration.
Missouri is attractive to Amish settlers for a number of reasons, Kraybill says.