Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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Missouri Budget
2:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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2014 Mo. Legislative Session
6:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway. Leaders in both chambers and from both parties remain focused on crafting a state budget and on easing the burden of the state's student transfer law — but they remain divided on expanding Medicaid.

Medicaid expansion a 'nonstarter'

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Red Light Cameras
4:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

While Court Fight Continues, Missouri House Passes Bill On Red Light, Speed Cameras

via Flickr/functoruser

The battleground over the use of red light and speed cameras in Missouri shifted this week from the courtroom to the state Capitol.

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Missouri Legislature
8:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Tout Accomplishments, Talk On What's Next, As Spring Break Begins

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, touted the passage of several of his priorities, including photo voter ID legislation, conscientious objections to certain medical procedures, and ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas.  Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.

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State budget
4:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015

Mo. House Budget Cmte. working on the state's 13 bills that make up FY2015 budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

The roughly $28 billion spending plan still includes a funding increase for the state's K-12 schools, which would be around $122 million if projections by House and Senate Republican leaders turn out to be correct.  If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue picture turns out to be correct, then K-12 spending would increase by $278 million.

Medicaid expansion blocked again

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Tax Cuts/Tax Credits
11:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Changes Focus To Tax Credit Reform, Sparks GOP Fight

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Gov. Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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Tax Credits
8:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Angel Investment' Tax Credit

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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Missouri budget
4:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Passes Supplemental Budget; Includes $5M For Normandy Schools

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
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The Missouri House has passed a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year.

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Abortion
2:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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Tax Cuts
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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