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Cigarette Tax
2:22 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Nixon seeks to stay out of Mo. tobacco tax debate

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Gov. Jay Nixon says he does not intend to get involved in a campaign to raise Missouri's lowest-in-nation cigarette tax.

Supporters are expected to turn in petition signatures this week for a November ballot initiative asking voters to raise the Missouri's tax on a pack of cigarettes to 90 cents from the current 17 cents.

Nixon said Monday his focus is "to hold the line on taxes" but Missouri voters are entitled to voice their own opinions at the ballot box.

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Illinois Budget
12:26 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ill. Gov. Quinn wants Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says Medicaid cuts and higher cigarette taxes are needed to save the Illinois Medicaid program.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says saving the Illinois Medicaid program will require cutting services, raising cigarette taxes and cutting payments to health-care providers.

Aides to the Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Quinn is proposing a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack. They expect the tax to generate about $337 million, which would then be matched by the federal government.

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From Marketplace
9:07 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Missouri's low cigarette tax under fire

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The state with the lowest tax on cigarettes? No, not tobacco country -- Virginia or North Carolina. It's Missouri, with a tax of just 17 cents a pack. The national average is a buck and a half. But health advocates are pushing a ballot initiative to increase the levy in Missouri.

Our own Maria Altman reports for Marketplace Morning Report today.

cigarette tax
5:47 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax

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Yet another bill has been filed in the General Assembly this year that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the nation.

This one would raise it to 75 percent of the current national average – in other words, from 17 cents per pack to $1.09-1/2 cents per pack.  Missouri’s tax per pack would also rise or fall as the national average changes, and it would require a referendum by Missouri voters to take effect.  The bill was filed by State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis), who spoke in favor of raising the cigarette tax during budget debates on Thursday.

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Morning Round-up
8:29 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, February 10, 2012

Gordon Lamb was the interim president of the University of Missouri System in 2007 and 2008.
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Former University of Missouri interim president dies

The interim president of the University of Missouri system in 2007 and 2008 died Monday. Gordon Lamb was 77.  

Lamb also served as the president of Northeast Illinois University in Chicago and the interim chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Current interim president Steve Owens released a statement Thursday night, announcing Lamb's death.

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Tobacco Tax Petitions
8:19 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Tobacco tax petitions seek approval for circualtion

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Reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon was used in this story.

Two petitions that would affect taxes on tobacco products in Missouri are going through the approval process for circulation.

One would give cities and counties the ability to set and control tobacco taxes. The state has preempted local tobacco taxes since 1993.

Petitions supporters say local communities should have the right to determine how tobacco tax dollars are used. But Misty Snodgrass with the American Cancer Society says the proposal is problematic.

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Morning round-up
9:35 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 11, 2011

A Mo. Senator is proposing to eliminate the state income tax for some low-income residents while raising the tax on smokers.
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Mo. Senator wants to increase cigarette tax and eliminate state income tax for low income people

Republican state Sen. John Lamping, of Ladue, has filed legislation that would exempt anyone earning less than $2,000 from having to pay state income tax and slightly lower the taxes for people earning more than that. His legislation would offset the projected $128 million reduction in state income tax revenues by increasing the cigarette tax to 43 cents per pack.

Missouri's current cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack is the lowest in the nation.

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Mo. 2012 legislative session
5:38 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

K-12 funding, Turner fix and "no new taxes" discussed on opening day of Mo. 2012 session

Floor of the Mo. House on opening day of the 2012 regular legislative session.
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The 2012 Missouri legislative session is underway, and much of the first-day talk revolved around the challenges facing the state’s public schools.

In addition to Missouri’s K-12 schools not being fully funded, suburban school districts near St. Louis and Kansas City may be forced to accept thousands of transfer students from the inner cities, thanks to the State Supreme Court’s ruling in Turner v. Clayton.  House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says any solutions to those problems should include tuition tax credits for kids in unaccredited areas, and statewide expansion of charter schools.

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University of Missouri Board of Curators
3:33 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

U. of Mo. Curators choose new system president, chairman supports raising tobacco tax

Warren Erdman, current chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The University of Missouri has chosen its next president and expects to announce its decision next week.  Board of Curators chairman Warren Erdman says a search committee began with a pool of more than 100 candidates from academic and non-academic backgrounds alike.

"We had four interviews and we worked our way down to a couple second interviews," Erdman said. "Then there were a few telephone follow-ups.  In the end, the committee recommended a single finalist."

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday, Sept. 20 that GM plans to invest $380 million and bring more than 1,800 jobs to its Wentzville plant.
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Wentzville Mayor: news couldn't be better

The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday that GM plans to invest $380 million and bring more than 1,800 jobs to its Wentzville plant as part of a proposed contract with the union.

Mayor Paul Lambi says he's hoping the union will ratify the contract on Monday.

"The announcement made by the UAW seems to be a positive indication that contract negotiations went well," said Lambi. " And it seems to me that I would expect that contract to be approved and ratified."

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