Kurt Schaefer

Little disagreement
10:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget

Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.

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Missouri Budget
9:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Missouri Budget
7:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Tax Cuts
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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Politics & Issues
5:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Nixon, Legislative Leaders Battle Over State Budget Estimates

Missouri Capitol
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

(Updated 1:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20)

Missouri legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Nixon are disagreeing on what revenue estimates should be used in drawing up the state budget for the coming fiscal year – an argument that could affect the General Assembly’s deliberations when it goes back into session in a few weeks.

But the specifics of the budget dispute aren’t clear because most of the parties involved are commenting only through press releases and offering -- at least so far -- few additional details.

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Election 2016
3:18 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Kurt Schaefer To Run For Mo. Attorney General

Mo. Senate

State Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia has become the first big-name Republican to officially toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General's race.

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Liquor war
6:57 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

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

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Dept. of Revenue/conceal carry
7:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Fed. Investigator Testifies Before Mo. Sen. Committee On Receiving Conceal Carry List

(l-r) Soc. Security investigator Keith Schilb and Special Agent in Charge Troy Turk are sworn in at a Mo. Senate Appropriations hearing on May 1st, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a State Senate committee.


Keith Schilb of the Social Security Administration's Inspector General's office told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.  He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.

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Missouri State Budget/Conceal Carry
5:27 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes State Budget, De-Funds DMV, And Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

After nearly eight hours of debate Monday, the Missouri Senate has passed next year’s state budget.

The roughly $25 billion spending plan still does not include Medicaid expansion, but not for a lack of trying by Democrats.  Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus offered up an amendment that would’ve added $890 million to the Social Services budget, enough to expand Medicaid to around 260,000 Missourians next year.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
12:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Schaefer Says ATF Bureau And Social Security Requested Missouri's Conceal Carry Weapons List

Mo. Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) holds a press conference in his office on Apr. 16, 2013, where he states that ATF took part in the request for Missouri's CCW list. To Schaefer's right is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says the Department of Revenue (DOR) has continued to withhold information from his legislative committee about the list of conceal carry weapons (CCW) holders that the agency compiled for the federal government.

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