Politics & Issues

11:26 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Business Leaders, Public Officials Talk Transportation Funding

via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

Updated: 4/1/13 at 4:12, after the meeting took place.

Transportation advocates say that by 2018, 1 out of every 3 miles of roads in Illinois will be of unacceptable condition, unless there are new sources of revenue. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition held a meeting with business leaders and state lawmakers in O’Fallon Monday to discuss what can be done.

Cars are becoming more fuel efficient – it’s good for drivers, who get to save more money, and it’s better for the environment. What it isn’t good for, however, is transportation funding.

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4:30 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Political Heavyweights Cunningham, McNary Clash In Race For... Monarch Fire Board?

Missouri Senate Official Website (Cunningham) and Flickr/KOMU News (McNary)

On Tuesday, two political heavyweights will go head to head after a hard-fought campaign in which tens of thousands of dollars have been spent. The office they’re attacking each other over? A seat on the Monarch Fire Protection District Board in West St. Louis County.

You might remember Cole McNary from his failed bid for state treasurer a few months ago – or from his father, former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary. You might remember Jane Cunningham for her reputation as being one of the most conservative members of the Missouri House.

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Gay Marriage/Anti-Discrimination Bill
5:48 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. House Speaker Comments On Gay Marriage, Anti-Discrimination Bill

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka).
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka)  says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government.

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Tax credit bills
4:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon Signs Amateur Sporting Events & Benevolent Tax Credit Bills Into Law

Capt. Paul Ferguson (left) directs volunteers during a weekly food pickup day at the Salvation Army’s food pantry in O’Fallon, Missouri. Gov. Nixon (D) signed legislation on March 29th, 2013, reviving tax breaks for food pantries and other incentives.
Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio

Two tax credit bills passed by Missouri lawmakers have become the first ones signed into law this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D). 

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Medical Malpractice Damages
8:22 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill To Restore Medical Malpractice Damage Caps

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The law that put the caps in place was tossed out last year by the Missouri Supreme CourtState Representative Mike Colona (D, St. Louis) spoke against restoring medical malpractice damage caps during floor debate.

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Missouri State Budget
7:51 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mo. House Passes State Budget, Mo. Senate Threatens To Delay DOR Budget

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.

While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.  There’s an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the increase still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.  Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

You Decide: Proposition P 'Arch Tax'

The Katy Trail State Park runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Mo. The path sits mostly where railroad tracks once were. (photo from MO DNR)
file photo

On April 2nd voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County will go to the polls, to among other things, vote on whether to pass Proposition P – a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax increase which would benefit the Gateway Arch grounds, regional trails and greenways through Great Rivers Greenway, and city and county parks.

Host Don Marsh talked with people on both sides of the issue.  Peter Sortino is the chairman of the pro Proposition P campaign and Jennifer Bird, a Republican Committeewoman in St. Louis County, is opposed to the measure.

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3:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Politically Speaking: McCaskill's 'Evolution' On Same-Sex Marriage and Tuesday's Election

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill
(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

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: We discuss Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's tumblr announcement, Proposition P, and the nonexistent St. Louis mayoral race.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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"Arch Tax"
4:30 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Breaking Down The 'Arch Tax'

The planned changes to the Arch, creating a "park over the highway."
Courtesy CityArchRiver

Next Tuesday, you’ll have a chance to decide on Proposition P: a 3/16th of a cent sales tax increase which amounts to about two cents on a $10 purchase. The measure is often referred to as “the Arch Tax,” but the nickname doesn’t tell the whole story.

“Between 1995 and 2005, the Arch had about 3.3 million visitors a year," Ryan McClure with the CityArchRiver project told me as he walked me through the Arch grounds."Right now they’re averaging about 2.3.”

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Labor Unions
5:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Labor Union Members Rally At The Mo. Capitol, Call On Lawmakers To Defeat "Anti-Worker" Bills

Around 200 labor union members rallied outside the Mo. Capitol on March 27th, 2013, voicing opposition to "anti-worker" bills in the Mo. House and Senate.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Labor union members from across Missouri descended on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers to defeat bills they say are anti-worker.

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