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St. Louis on the Air
2:15 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Update On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

On this last day of 2012, Congress and the President have yet to reach a deal about how to avert going over the fiscal cliff.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig for a brief conversation about the latest news on the negotiations.

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State GOP
11:16 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Republicans Have Ruled Mo. Legislature for 10 Years. What's Their Legacy?

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The start of the 2013 legislative session will mark a decade of Republican leadership in the Missouri Legislature.

It was in January 2003 that Republicans took complete control of both chambers. Since then, they have cut both taxes and government services.

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Blunt on fiscal cliff
7:14 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Blunt: Democrats To Blame If Country Goes Over The Cliff

Roy Blunt says Democrats will be to blame if the country goes over the so-called
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, Democrats will be to blame.

Blunt and his Congressional colleagues will convene later today in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that would take effect Tuesday.

In this week's GOP radio address, Blunt says the Republican-led House, has already taken passed legislation that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts and make what he called more responsible reductions in spending

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Gov. Jay Nixon
5:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Nixon Unveils More Of His Legislative Agenda, Hopes Congress Will Avoid 'Dairy Cliff'

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at the 2011 State of the State address. Tonight, Nixon delivered this year's edition of his annual remarks.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has unveiled more of his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.


In addition to expanding Medicaid, Nixon says he wants to consolidate the regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources.


“I think we have too many commissions (at DNR)," Nixon said.  "I think narrowing those, while continuing to protect air and water, will get more efficiency in that area so that resources can be focused appropriately.”

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

President Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Talks

President Barack Obama.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

This event has concluded. Thank you for joining us for this earlier event. 

President Obama made a statement this evening following his discussion today with congressional leaders about the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Politics
1:48 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Obama, Congressional Leaders To Discuss Deal To Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'

"The hour for immediate action is here. It is now," President Barack Obama said of a potential budget deal, after meeting with congressional leaders Friday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:50 pm

Days before a budget crisis deadline will hit the U.S. economy, President Obama says, "I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time."

The details of that agreement, which could avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are set to take effect on Jan. 1, would likely come from discussions between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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Farm Bill
1:27 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Understanding The 'Milk Cliff'

Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:35 pm

You've heard of the "fiscal cliff," but have you heard of the milk cliff"?

If Congress doesn't take action in the next four days, milk prices could shoot up dramatically.

Here's why:

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Fiscal Cliff
11:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Fallout Could Push Illinois Into Recession, Topinka Says

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
via Illinois Comptroller website

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka estimates a $1 billion impact on the state budget if automatic federal spending cuts and tax increases take effect.


Topinka sent out a release Friday detailing the impact on the Illinois budget if Congress and President Barack Obama don't prevent the federal government from going over the fiscal cliff. Topinka says the fallout from the fiscal cliff could push Illinois into recession. Topinka estimates Social Security and income tax increases would lower Illinois tax revenues by up to $500 million.

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Gun shows
4:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis County Lawmaker To Propose Closing 'Gun Show Loophole' In Mo.

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

A St. Louis County lawmaker plans to file legislation that would require background checks on anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show.

State Representative Stacey Newman (D, Richmond Heights) says her proposal would close the so-called “gun show loophole” in Missouri.

“Right now, federal background checks are only done through licensed dealers," Newman said.  "That exempts gun shows where people can purchase unlimited amounts of weapons, including assault weapons.”

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MO Statehouse
6:21 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Mo. House Committee Proposes Reductions In Public Defenders

Credit Flickr/david-shane

The chair of Missouri's House Judiciary Committee is proposing reductions in the state's public defender system.

Republican State Representative Stanley Cox of Sedalia says public defenders would still handle the most serious cases for indigent defendants, but the more minor cases would be bid out to private attorneys.

Cox says this would address the caseload issues public defenders have long complained about.

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