Jacob Hummel

Right to Work
10:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate

Floor of the Missouri House
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.

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Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund
5:02 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Second Injury Fund Fix/Workers' Comp Bill To Gov. Nixon

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House.  It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

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Medicaid Alternative
10:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) is sponsoring the Republicans' alternative to Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.
Mo. House Communications

A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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Medicaid expansion
2:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid in Missouri. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.


First, the House subcommittee that oversees the budgets for the Departments of Health, Mental Health and Social Services voted to approve those agencies budgets without including Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) call to expand Medicaid to an additional 259,000 Missourians next yearState Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs that subcommittee.


“We can’t afford it…it’s not rocket science," Allen said.  "If we expand, taking federal dollars now, which I do not believe would not use some state (general revenue), even with what we’re told the feds would do now, there will be a time (when) the feds will back off.”

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Medicaid expansion
10:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

Kerry Noble, CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems, speaks in favor of HB 627, which would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.


House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

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Internet sales tax
5:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Report: Missouri Has Lost $2.3 Billion In Revenue By Not Collecting Taxes On Internet Sales

(via Flickr/Anderson Mancini)

It appears that Missouri has lost about $2.3 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet.


A report issued by the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs says that averages out to around $468 million a year.  House Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D, St. Louis) says collecting taxes on Internet sales could help fund several critical needs, including K-12 schools.


“I think if you look at just levels of school funding, when adjusted for inflation, we’re back at levels in the early (19)90’s," Hummel said.  "Clearly this is a way to enhance revenue.”

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worker's compensation/2nd injury fund
4:40 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to another workers’ compensation bill.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a similar bill last month that originated in the Senate.  The House version contains most of the same provisions – it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would restore occupational disease claims within the workers’ comp system.  State Rep. Jacob Hummel (D, St. Louis) debated with the bill’s sponsor, Dave Schatz (R, Sullivan).

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