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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Ethics
10:17 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kander Announces Sweeping Ethics Proposal, Would Restore Campaign Contribution Limits

Mo. Sec. of State Jason Kander, D, unveils his ethics proposal to reporters at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander unveiled on Tuesday a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year.  It includes:

  • restoring campaign contribution limits,
  • banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials,
  • requiring a three-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists. 

Kander, a Democrat, says if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best.

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Chris Nicastro
4:19 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

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Tax Cuts
10:28 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Missouri House Democrats Propose Alternate Tax Cut Plan

Surrounded by fellow House Democrats, State Rep. Jon Carpenter of Gladstone discusses his tax cut bill.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Democrats in the Missouri House unveiled on Monday their proposal to cut taxes, as Republican leaders prepare to attempt another major tax cut.

Currently, the top state income tax rate in Missouri is 6 percent.  The Democrats' proposal, House Bill 1328, would lower that rate to 4 percent for residents earning $30,000 a year or less.  Those earning just over $30,000 up to $300,000 a year would still pay a 6 percent rate, while the rate for those earning more than $300,000 a year would rise to 8 percent.  The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Gladstone.

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Right-to-Work
10:13 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Right-To-Work Bill Praised, Blasted During House Hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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Missouri Military Installations
6:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nixon Announces Partnership To Protect And Enhance Military Presence In Missouri

A Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.
Mo. National Guard

Gov. Jay Nixonhas issued an executive order designed to help prevent military bases in Missouri from being closed or downsized.

The order creates a partnership between state and local officials and business leaders. The goal is for those groups to examine ways to keep and expand the nation's military presence in Missouri.

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2014 Mo. Session
4:49 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board

Former Mo. State Rep. Dennis Fowler (R, Advance), has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to fill a seat on the State Board of Probation and Parole.
Mo. House

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice to fill a vacancy on the state Board of Probation and Parole.

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2014 Mo. Session
5:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri General Assembly's 2014 session is underway, and the first day sounded a lot like last year's session.

In his opening remarks, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, laid out his agenda for this year's regular session: medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

"Missourians need and want lower taxes," Jones said.  "Missourians also want us to engage in significant reforms of our tax credit system, (and) end our governor's practice of picking winners and losers via a centralized planning authority."

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Education funding
8:06 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Nicastro Says More Funding Needed For Student Assessments Under Common Core

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts.  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Restorative Justice Gardens
9:04 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Missouri Inmates Grew 163 Tons Of Produce In 2013

The Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo.
(file)

Prison inmates in Missouri set a new record this year for growing produce for food pantries and other nonprofits across the state.

The Restorative Justice Garden Program oversees gardens at 20 prisons and three probation and parole facilities in Missouri.  Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi says inmates grew 163 tons of produce this year, a new record.

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Target Stores Data Breach
10:27 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Koster Warns Of New Scam In Wake Of Target's Data Breach

Target Brands, Inc.

In the wake of a massive data breach committed against the Target retail store chain, con artists may be targeting victims of the scam in Missouri and elsewhere.

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