Missouri

MO Statehouse
8:39 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Mo. Senator proposes flat tax

State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville) wants Missouri to dump its state income tax in favor of a consumption tax.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

With less than a month to go in this year’s legislative session, another proposal is being made to overhaul Missouri’s tax structure.

The resolution would replace the state’s income tax with a sales tax -- and if passed by lawmakers, it would go before Missouri voters next year.

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High-Speed Rail / Mo. Budget
10:15 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Mo. lawmakers deal setback to high-speed rail plan

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has dealt a setback to Gov. Jay Nixon's quest for $1 billion in federal high-speed rail money.

The House Budget Committee rejected an attempt Wednesday to insert the rail money into a state budget bill.

That comes just two weeks after Nixon held a news conference to announce Missouri was applying for $1 billion of the $2.4 billion of federal rail money that Florida decided not to use.

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Unemployment Rate
6:02 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent

via Flickr/KellyB.

A new report says Missouri's March unemployment rate fell by three-tenths of a point to 9.1 percent.

Monday's report from the state Department of Economics also says Missouri employers added a net of more than 24,000 jobs last month.

The hospitality and leisure sector had the biggest gain, adding about 6,300 jobs, while retailers added 5,800 jobs. Other notable increases were construction, with 4,200 jobs added, and business and professional services, up by 2,700 jobs.

Peter Kinder
10:32 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Kinder to reimburse state for hotel costs

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is firing back at accusations by Democrats that he’s using taxpayer money to fund an “extravagant lifestyle.”

The Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Republican Lt. Governor had charged taxpayers $35,050 for hotel stays in the St. Louis area over the past five years, while attending political and sporting events, parties, and a wedding.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
2:30 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. tax revenues up 6.5 percent through March

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Missouri's tax revenues are up 6.5 percent with only one-quarter of the budget year to go.

Figures released Monday by the state Office of Administration show the growth fueled by stronger individual and corporate income tax collections than during the 2010 fiscal year. A decline in tax refunds also has contributed to the growth in state revenues.

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Missouri Municipal Elections
8:30 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. voters head to the polls in tomorrow's municipal elections

A touch-screen voting machine. Most voters in St. Louis County are expected to use the touch-screen machines in tomorrow's municipal elections.
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St. Louis-area election officials are expecting a relatively low turnout, typical of municipal elections.

The Democratic director of the St. Louis City Board of Elections, Mary Wheeler-Jones, says the City is preparing for 25 to 30 percent of registered voters to show up at the polls.

Wheeler-Jones says that range is probably an overestimate, but she does expect a higher turnout this time than in March’s municipal elections.

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Missouri Campaign Contributions
4:30 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Mo. measure proposed to limit campaign donations

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

An effort to cap campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri has moved one step forward.

The secretary of state's office on Friday approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.

The proposal would bar candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.

Missouri's campaign finance laws have undergone numerous makeovers in recent years.

Missouri Ethics Laws
1:55 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Mo. ethics law found unconstitutional by judge

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Updated 2:43 p.m. March 31, 2011 with information that state attorney general's office will appeal the ruling.

A state judge has struck down a Missouri law that imposed new ethics and campaign finance requirements.

But the state attorney general's office said it will appeal Thursday's decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green and urged people to continue following the ethics law in the meantime.

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Missouri High-Speed Rail
4:31 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (R) and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith inspect tracks outside of the Kirkwood Amtrak Station in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 29, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is one of a handful of states applying for some $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects that Florida rejected last month.

Governor Jay Nixon was in Kirkwood today to announce Missouri's application for nearly $1 billion in new funding.

In recent months, rail projects have  become politicized with many GOP lawmakers calling for states to refuse the funds.

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On Marketplace Morning Report
11:09 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Lower gas taxes lure drivers to Mo.

(via Flickr/futureatlas.com)

With lower state taxes on gasoline, among others, Missouri is easily undercutting its border mate, Illinois, when it comes to the price to fill up.

One of the cardinal rules about interstate travel through the Midwest: "gas up before you hit Illinois." Illinois levies a hefty 42 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, among the highest gas taxes in the country.

Check out more of this feature on the Missouri-Illinois border wars for cheap gasoline by our own Adam Allington. It aired on Marketplace Morning Report earlier today.

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