Politics & Issues

Historic Preservation Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Preservation Tax Credit Cap Could Be Cut In Half

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Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.

The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

Tom Reeves co-chairs the subcommittee looking into Historic Preservation tax credits. He says he favors much of the recommendation from two years ago to reduce the annual cap from $140 million a year to $75 million a year.

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Politically Speaking
3:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On this week's podcast: After the GOP's lackluster performance in Missouri's statewide races, what can the party do going forward? It's early, but ballot initiatives are already in discussion for 2014. And leadership positions have now been divvied out in the Missouri legislature. How will the Republican leaders work with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon?

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Missouri Attorney General
2:42 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Missouri, Illinois To Get Millions From Diabetes Drug Settlement

An image of two Avandia pills. A settlement with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline over marketing of the drug was announced today.
(via Wikimedia Commons/National Institutes of Health)

Missouri and Illinois will each get a piece of a $90 million settlement reached with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline LLC.

Missouri's portion of the settlement is just over $2 million, while Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her state's portion is approximately $5 million.

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State employees
5:55 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Work On Health Benefits For MoDOT Workers & State Troopers Continues

A recent meeting of the special committee reviewing health insurance benefits for MoDOT workers and State Troopers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance.

Most of the committee members are leaning towards a proposal from the Highway Patrol, which would have the state pay 60 percent of the cost and the individual employee or retiree 40 percent.  Rudy Farber is chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says under the current system, the amount of coverage a worker pays varies based on numerous factors.

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President Obama
12:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

President Obama On Petraeus, Fiscal Cliff, More

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

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President Obama spoke at a press conference this afternoon on a variety of topics - we broadcasted the address live.

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State employees
5:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.

State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.  He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.

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6:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Condoleeza Rice On The Next Four Years, Affirmative Action, And Women In The Republican Party

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gestures while speaking on
Credit AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice has been nothing if not busy since leaving Washington. The avid golfer and pianist now serves as a professor at Stanford University in California, and will be in town this evening as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series, presented by Maryville University.

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10:28 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon Faces GOP Legislative Supermajority

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spent his first term compromising with and sometimes challenging the Republican-led Legislature. But now Nixon faces supermajorities in both the House and Senate with enough Republicans to override his vetoes.

 Republicans will control 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans will have 110 of 163 districts. House Speaker Tim Jones says he hopes the new dynamic will prompt earlier discussion and negotiation between legislative leaders and Nixon.

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Beyond November
5:59 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Battles Over Mo.'s Non-Partisan Court Plan Not Over

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Supporters of Missouri’s non-partisan court plan say Tuesday’s rejection of Amendment Three sends a strong message that voters embrace the current system for selecting nominees for the State Supreme Court, Appeals courts and a few of the state's circuit courts.

Had it passed, it would have given the governor more say into selecting panel members – currently the governor is limited to selecting the non-lawyer panel members, but language approved by the Secretary of State’s office said the amendment would have allowed the governor to “appoint all lawyers” to the panels.  Missouri Bar President Pat Starke says he doesn’t think the language was misleading, as has been contended by Amendment Three’s supporters.

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Health Care
3:14 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Nixon: Mo. Won't Run Health Insurance Exchange By 2014

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

Missouri will not set up an online marketplace for health insurance by the year 2014.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday his administration will inform the federal government that it won't be running a state-based health insurance exchange when they're due to begin under the federal health care law. That means that the federal government will step in to create an insurance exchange in Missouri.

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