Kurt Schaefer

Missouri Budget
10:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education, but cuts state worker pay hikes

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol dome.
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Budget hearings have begun in the Missouri Senate, and already there are notable differences with the House in where that chamber wants to make cuts.

While the House budget would give state workers earning less than $70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year.  Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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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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Higher Education
2:35 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. lawmakers may buck Nixon's higher ed cuts

The campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, says he does not intend to follow Gov. Nixon's recommendation of a 12.5 percent cut to higher education institutions in the state.
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Missouri's legislative budget leaders may not go along with Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed cuts to public colleges and universities.

Nixon has proposed a 12.5 percent reduction to higher education institutions for the next academic year.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday he does not intend to follow Nixon's recommendation. The Columbia Republican says the cut would be a huge blow to higher education.

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State of Missouri Budget
3:18 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Missouri facing $500M hole in upcoming budget

An interior view of a domed ceiling at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Lawmakers face a $500 million budget gap as they begin their 2012 session Jan. 4.
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Missouri lawmakers will be trying to plug a half-billion-dollar gap in next year's budget when they convene their 2012 session on Wednesday.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says much of the hole is due to a reduction in federal money, such as stimulus funds and Medicaid payments.  However, State Senator David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) suggests that that number is not set in stone.

“There are predictions anywhere from $400 to $900 million, (that could) be our shortfall for this upcoming year," Pearce said.  "How do you fill that?  It’s gonna be tough.” 

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Disaster recovery costs
4:35 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Some Mo. senators want feds to pay 100 percent of flood damage costs

Levee breach in Atchison County, Mo., on June 13, 2011.
(Photo courtesy of Atchison Co. Emergency Management)

The federal government should pay 100 percent of the cost of flood damage in Missouri – according to some members of the Missouri Senate.   

Normally, the feds pick up the tab for disaster response and later bill the affected state government 25 percent of the cost.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) says Missouri should not have to pay, since the floods in the Show-Me State were the federal government’s fault.

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State budget
4:18 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Mo. budget goes to Gov. Nixon's desk

The operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year is in the hands of Gov. Jay Nixon, shown here making his 2011 State of the State address, at which he also outlined his budget plans.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The $23 billion operating budget for the state of Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

Lawmakers in both chambers gave final approval to the package of bills this afternoon.

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MO Statehouse
12:19 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Mo. Senate passes FY2012 budget

The Missouri Senate has passed the state budget for next year.

The Senate’s $23.2 billion spending plan cuts the state’s higher education budget by 4.8 percent, and provides an additional $20 million for school bus funding.  Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) sponsored the budget bills in the Senate.

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Child-Care Subsidies
3:12 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Child-care subsidies reduced in Mo. Senate plan

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Thousands of low-income parents would see their state child-care subsidies reduced under a budget plan passed by a Missouri Senate committee.

The plan approved Tuesday would reduce monthly child-care subsidies for about 6,600 children while extending benefits to an estimated 570 children whose parents currently earn too much to qualify.

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MO Statehouse
4:51 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Schweich wants to review Mo. state agencies

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich
Mo. State Auditor's office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.

The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies.  Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.

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