Paul LeVota

Missouri State Budget
9:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next

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The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday, after taking care of the first five bills on Monday. Those debates were routine for the most part, with the Senate approving the budgets for K-12 schools and Higher Education.

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Tax Cuts
7:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes $620 Million Tax Cut Bill

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The Missouri Senate passed a tax cut bill, after two different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the GOP sponsor and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

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On The Trail
9:40 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.

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Tax Cuts
2:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Tax Cut Debate Underway In Missouri Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Debate has begun in the Missouri Senate on this year's attempt to cut the state's income tax rate.

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On the Trail
11:31 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum

Former Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Jefferson County

It make take longer than expected to fill Ryan McKenna's void in the Missouri Senate.

When the Jefferson County Democrat resigned in December to become director of the state labor department, he left open the possibility that his Senate seat may remain vacant throughout 2014. If that occurs, the Missouri Senate would not be at full membership for an entire calendar year.

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Education
5:11 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pre-Filed Bill Seeks To Curb Thousands Of Potential Student Transfers In Kansas City

Mo. Sen. Paul LeVota (D, Independence)
Missouri Senate

A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area may be considered by the Missouri General Assembly next year.

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Chris Nicastro
5:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Two Mo. Lawmakers Call on DESE Commissioner Nicastro To Resign

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro
(Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Two members of the Missouri General Assembly are calling on Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.

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Medicaid
4:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mo. Sen. Medicaid Interim Cmte. Adopts Recommendations That Don't Include Expansion

The Mo. Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform meets on Nov. 13, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee examining the state's Medicaid system voted this afternoon to adopt a draft report that recommends using managed care companies to provide health coverage to more of Missouri's working poor.

The report also deliberately excludes recommendations to expand Medicaid.  State Senator and committee chair Gary Romine (R, Farmington) maintained that Medicaid must be reformed first.

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Right to Farm and Ranch
3:28 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Approves Right To Farm & Ranch, Will Go On Mo. Ballot

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch.

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tax cuts
5:55 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Tax Cut Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.


Senate Bill 26 would lower state income taxes for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point while raising the state sales tax by half a point.  Both would be phased in over a five-year period.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says it would result in a revenue loss of around $450 million a year.

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