Eric Schmitt

Politics
2:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Touring Committee Seeks Ways To Downsize Missouri State Government

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

An interim committee kicked off its statewide tour in St. Louis County on Tuesday, gathering small business owners and other citizens to voice their ideas for ways to shrink Missouri's government.

The "Missouri House Committee on Downsizing State Government" is chaired by Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Franklin County).

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Politically Speaking
4:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Eric Schmitt Joins To Discuss Tax Bill And More

Sen. Schmitt in studio.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) joins as a guest to have a "free-wheeling and fun conversation" on the income tax bill the governor vetoed. Then we run through some news: the auditor's finding on the Hancock Amendment, as well as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Next week, Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed will join the program.

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Beer / Politics
5:15 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Home Brewers Legislation, 7 Other Bills, Signed Into Law By Mo. Gov. Nixon

(via Flickr/Mooganic)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) Wednesday signed eight bills into law that were passed this year by Missouri lawmakers.

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Liquor war
6:57 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

(via Flickr/Mooganic)

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Tax credit bills
4:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon Signs Amateur Sporting Events & Benevolent Tax Credit Bills Into Law

Capt. Paul Ferguson (left) directs volunteers during a weekly food pickup day at the Salvation Army’s food pantry in O’Fallon, Missouri. Gov. Nixon (D) signed legislation on March 29th, 2013, reviving tax breaks for food pantries and other incentives.
Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio

Two tax credit bills passed by Missouri lawmakers have become the first ones signed into law this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D). 

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Tax credits
2:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Tax Breaks For Amateur Sporting Events In Mo. Is First Bill Sent To Gov. Nixon

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for amateur sporting events held in Missouri has become the first one sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D) during the 2013 regular session.

The incentives would equal about $5 per ticket sold, and they would be capped at $3 million a year.  It was sponsored by State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale).

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Home-made beer
4:24 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Home Brewers Could Take Part In Beer Festivals Under Bill Passed By Mo. Senate

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would allow home brewers to bring home-made beer to festivals has passed the Missouri Senate.

Under Senate Bill 114, home-brewers could give away free samples to guests at beer festivals and tastings, but would not be allowed to sell them.  The sponsor, State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale), says an emergency clause was added so that home brewers can take part in this year’s Brewer’s Heritage Festival in St. Louis.

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Tax credit bills
5:51 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Tax Credits Faring Better So Far This Year In The Missouri Senate

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

It appears so far that the Missouri Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

In years past, proposed incentives for such things as historic preservation or amateur sporting events would have faced a filibuster threat from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate.  But the leaders of that group are gone due to term limits, and perhaps that’s why this year’s amateur sports incentives bill was allowed to receive a Senate floor vote.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says the atmosphere has changed.

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Stan Musial
10:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial

Construction continues on the new Misssissippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis. Two bills filed today in the Mo. Senate would name the bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge."
Mo. Dept. of Transportation

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.  A section of the letter reads:

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K-12 schools
4:14 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate is wrestling with legislation that would tweak the state’s public school funding formula.

The bill is pitting rural and suburban senators against each other.  David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) chairs the Senate Education Committee and represents part of rural west central Missouri.  He sponsors the bill that would more evenly spread K-12 funding by siphoning it off from richer suburban districts, primarily those near St. Louis.

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