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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)
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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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Politics
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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Missouri state budget
8:29 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. House Endorses State Budget, 3 Attempts To Expand Medicaid Fail, And Dept. of Revenue Targeted

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for Fiscal Year 2014, while House Republicans beat back three attempts to expand Medicaid.

Medicaid expansion motions and amendments

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Medicaid Expansion
5:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Nixon Focuses On Medicaid, Holds Comments On Same-Sex Marriage

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (at right) speaks with Paraquad CEO Aimee Wehmeier in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 26, 2013. Nixon was in Kirkwood speaking to community leaders about expansion of Medicaid.

A GOP plan for Medicaid expansion in the Missouri House would add fewer adults to the plan than the one Governor Jay Nixon has proposed. But during a stop in Kirkwood Tuesday, the Democrat praised the progress in the Republican-controlled House.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states have to expand the Medicaid requirement to 138 percent of the poverty line in order to accept the federal funds that go with it.

Currently in Missouri, those making an income of less than $4,5000 a year for a family of four qualify.

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Early Voting Initiative
2:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation

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Missouri Secretary of State  Jason Kander is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.

Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.

Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.

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Ill. Gun Laws
10:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Facing June Deadline, Ill. No Closer To Concealed Carry Law

Credit (via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Groups on both sides of the concealed carry debate in Illinois say the state is no closer to crafting a court-ordered law than they were the first day of this legislative session.

Richard Pearson is executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. He says lawmakers are sidelining the plan by bypassing the usual committee process:

"We've had committee meetings from one end of the state to the other, and out of this we have gotten nothing," Pearson said.

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Scanned Documents
8:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Subpoena Issued By Mo. Senate Over Scanned Documents Controversy

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has issued a subpoena compelling the state Revenue Department to hand over documents by April 2 about new state driver's licensing procedures.

The order was signed Monday by Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey. It requires the department to produce documents to help determine whether the state is sharing people's personal information with the federal government or a private company.

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Missouri state budget
8:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mo. House To Begin FY2014 State Budget Debates Tuesday

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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