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: a "feisty" Governor Jay Nixon vetoes two pieces of legislation, and we discuss the chances of an override. Then we turn to the Eighth district to sum up the recently concluded election, and what the future holds for newly-elected Congressman Jason Smith.
Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that was aimed at curtailing foreign laws in Missouri. Although the bill didn’t explicitly say the word in its pages, detractors commonly referred to it as the “anti-Sharia law bill.”
Speaking in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Democratic governor referred to it as pointless “demagoguery.”
Governor Jay Nixon (D) strongly denied allegations Monday that his administration had a role in the language of a bill that would inadvertently cause a sales tax hike on prescription drugs in Missouri.
Last week, Nixon sent out a press release condemning an income tax bill passed by Republicans that would have accidentally caused a sales tax increase due to an accidental bracket.
Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.
Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department. A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill. No reason was given for the decision.
Missouri's legislative session has ended, with several issues resolved and several more that came up just short. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the final day, and at what happens now:
The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived. The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.
While he complimented lawmakers for increasing funding for K-12 schools and higher education, he also criticized them for passing legislation that would cut state income tax rates for individuals and corporations. He told reporters that the bill would gut state revenues by more than $800 million.