Politics & Issues

2013 Mo. Legislative Session
4:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Discuss 2nd-Half Priorities As Legislative Spring Break Arrives

(l-r) Mo. Sen. Pres. Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) and House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) address the media after the Mo. Gen. Assembly adjourned for spring break on March 14th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Spring break has arrived for Missouri lawmakers, as they take a week off before returning to Jefferson City on March 25th.


They’ll have plenty of items on their plate when they get back -- among the House’s priorities is debating and voting on the state budget, which still does not include Medicaid expansion. Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says the federal health care law does not require states to add more people to the Medicaid rolls.

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Politically Speaking
4:17 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Politically Speaking: Taxes And Tenured Teachers Debated In First Half Of Mo. Legislative Session

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Jason Rosenbaum is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the first half of the legislative session, talking about proposed changes to taxes and tenured teachers, and then Jo discusses the developments with the Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Transportation
8:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs

Interstate 70 in Columbia, Mo. Around $1B would be earmarked to expand I-70 to 6 lanes between Wentzville and Blue Springs under SJR 16.
via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs has passed the Missouri Senate.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:37 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Budget Woes And Other News From Washington D.C.

U.S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The St. Louis Beacon’s Washington Correspondent Rob Koenig was Don Marsh’s guest on “St.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Enyart, Durbin Push Bills To Aid Shipping Industry

Credit via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

A pair of bills related to transportation on the inland waterways was introduced in the US House and Senate on Thursday.

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart introduced his first piece of legislation since being sworn into office last January—the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act.

Enyart says the bill would give the Army Corps of Engineers authority that it doesn’t currently have, to conduct operations outside of the barge channel.

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Sequestration cuts
4:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Fund Proposed For Mo. National Guard Members Who Lost Tuition Because Of Sequestration

A Missouri National Guard member stages vehicles at the Cape Girardeau armory in preparation for possible use in state emergency duty.
(via Flickr/The National Guard/M. Queiser/Missouri National Guard)

Members of the Missouri House Budget Committee are proposing a new fund to provide tuition assistance for National Guard members who are also enrolled in college.


The move comes because the federal government has suspended federal tuition assistance for National Guard soldiers due to sequestration cuts.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says they’ve reallocated $1.5 million in next year’s state budget to make up the difference.

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Sequester
3:54 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Sequester Is Here To Stay, Blunt Says

(via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The sequester’s across-the-board cuts to both entitlements and defense went into effect at the beginning of the month, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says it's here to stay, at least for now.

The sequester was never meant to be a permanent change, just a threat so Congress would compromise on a plan. But Blunt wants to give the President more authority in deciding what is cut.

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St. Louis school district
9:57 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes Bill Allowing 'Incompetent' St. Louis Teachers To Be Fired

Credit (Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)

(updated version)

Teachers with tenure in St. Louis could be fired for incompetency under a bill that was passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate.

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Benevolent tax credits
6:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

A rack of US Department of Agriculture bonus commodities is empty at the Saint Louis Area Food Bank’s warehouse in Earth City.
(Tim Lloyd for St. Louis Public Radio)

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Armed Services
5:33 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

In Response To High Profile Case, McCaskill Drafting Legislation On Sexual Assault In Military

Sen. McCaskill at the Senate Armed Services Committee on sexual assaults in the military.
(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

As many as 19,000 service members are sexually assaulted each year. A small fraction of those cases -- around 2,500 a year --  are actually reported, and a much smaller fraction are prosecuted.

The Senate Armed Services held a hearing on sexual assaults in the military, following a high profile case in which Lt. Col. James Wilkerson was convicted by a military jury of "abusive sexual contact." After the trial and conviction, a Lieutenant General dismissed the charges, without having to provide an explanation.

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