Politics & Issues

Energy
4:22 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Thousands Of Missouri Jobs At Stake With Wind Production Tax Credit

(Jerry W. Lewis' Flickr page)

Updated 1/2/2013 with the credit's legislative developments.

While “fiscal cliff” negotiations are happening in the nation’s capital, a lesser known issue is also on the table. And depending on the outcome, thousands of jobs in Missouri could be at stake.

Gerald Nickelson is a worker at CG Power Systems in Washington, Missouri. As he walks around the factory, he points out a line of workers in front of a machine, wrapping coil. Later, the coil will be housed inside a green metal tank and shipped off as a complete transformer.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

St. Louis County Closer To Adding Arch Tax To April Ballot

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The St. Louis County Council is moving forward with a plan to put a sales tax initiative on the April ballot that would improve county parks, trails and the Arch grounds.

Council Chairman Michael O’Mara introduced a bill at this afternoon's council meeting that would authorize the ballot initiative and says he plans to campaign on its behalf.

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MO Statehouse
12:47 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Missouri Unemployment Rate Hits 49-Month Low, But There's A Catch

via Flickr/KellyB.

Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

November’s jobless rate is at 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October.  At the same time, though, the state lost 6,800 non-farm jobs last month.  John Fougere is with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

“There’ll be blips from time to time, but we never focus on any one month of data when it comes to the number of jobs gained or lost, but instead the overall trend," Fougere said.  "Right now the overall trend of Missouri’s economy appears to be positive.”

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Nixon on Newtown tragedy
6:21 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Nixon May Explore Legislation In Wake Of Newtown, Conn. Mass Shooting

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Monday stopped short of saying that Missouri needs any new laws regarding gun control, mental illness or school safety – but he did tell reporters that his administration may call for legislation designed to better protect school children from tragedies like the one last week Newtown, Conn.

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Mo. presidential electors
4:46 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Mo. Presidential Electors Vote For Romney/Ryan Ticket

Missouri's 10 presidential electors cast their ballots at the State Capitol on Dec. 17th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s presidential electors gathered at the State Capitol today and cast their ballots for Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who lost last month to incumbent Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.


Despite the nationwide results, Missouri’s 10 electors were still committed to cast their ballots for the Romney/Ryan ticket.  State Representative Stanley Cox (R, Sedalia) was one of those 10.  He said it was a little interesting to cast an electoral ballot for someone he knows won’t be president.   


“I guess, you know, I made a moral commitment to a bunch of people back in June that I would do this, so it’s not hard to do," Cox said.  "I certainly think he’d have made a great president, although I know he’s not going to be president.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:52 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Legal Roundtable: Conceal And Carry Ruling In Ill., New Mo. Supreme Court Judge, Gay Marriage, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

The recent school shooting in Connecticut brought up renewed discussions about the relevance of an Illinois appellate court’s ruling which endorsed the right to conceal and carry.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a new appointment to the state Supreme Court.  And, the LGBT community in St. Louis County recently received good news.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of experts during a monthly legal roundtable discussion.

Guests:

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Politics
2:04 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Durbin: It’s Time To Talk About Gun Control

Credit (Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

On Sunday a somber Dick Durbin said the nation is in mourning in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.     

Then the Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois told Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace, it’s time to think about whether people should be able to buy assault rifles, body armor and high-capacity clips.  

“Can we have a thoughtful, calm reflection on these things and do it in the context of our second amendment?” Durbin asked.  “I think we need to.” 

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Politics
2:19 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Blunt: Preventing Mass Shootings Should Start With Mental Health, Not Stricter Gun Laws

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Members of Congress from across the country are responding to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Mo.  Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called the shooting a huge tragedy and said that it put other parts of life in perspective.

But Blunt said stricter gun laws are unlikely to deter similar acts of violence.

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Tax credit review
5:57 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Mo. Tax Credit Review Commission Releases Updated Recommendations

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) Tax Credit Review Commission has released its revised list of recommendations.


Some of the original recommendations have been scaled back.  The new list calls for shrinking the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits to $90 million, instead of $75 million as proposed two years ago, and reducing the cap on Low Income Housing to $135 million instead of $80 million.  The caps for Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing are currently $140 million and $195 million, respectively.  The new report also drops the recommendation to put expiration dates on all tax credits.

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Politically Speaking
2:38 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Alex Heuer

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 today's episode: It's a blast from the past as we start off the show by talking about Congressman Todd Akin's race (specifically his NRSC funding), then we move on to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones' so-called Speaker Tour (or the Lt. Gov.'s Tour?), and we close it out with a discussion on the Arch Tax.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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