In a voice vote Wednesday, the Senate backed a measure that would allow charter schools to be set up in districts that have been declared unaccredited. It would also allow charter schools in some districts that would have been provisionally accredited for three straight years, starting with next school year.
“We’re gonna add language that everyone in that program has to go through Medicaid eligibility, so that we determine who is Medicaid eligible and who’s not…that’s the first threshold," Schaefer said. "The second is we’re gonna put in language to establish a premium.”
A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed the House version last month, so backers are now pushing a revised bill that will primarily focus on protecting whistleblowers. State Rep. Kevin Elmer (R, Nixa) says language that would redefine workplace discrimination as a motivating factor instead of a contributing one has been removed.
Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure. The bill sponsored by State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.
“As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they’re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job," Cunningham said. "It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.”
(l-r) Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R), and Congressman Todd Akin (R) attend a meeting at the Mo. Capitol to discuss the possibility of another round of military base closings.
Three members of Missouri’s congressional delegation met at the State Capitol Wednesday to voice opposition to another round of base closings.
Although there are no scheduled base closings anywhere in the U.S. right now, the Obama Administration is pushing for another round of discussions that could begin as early as next year. Congressman Todd Akin (R) from the St. Louis area says now’s not the time to close military facilities, especially in Missouri.
Budget hearings have begun in the Missouri Senate, and already there are notable differences with the House in where that chamber wants to make cuts.
While the House budget would give state workers earning less than $70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a similar bill last month that originated in the Senate. The House version contains most of the same provisions – it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would restore occupational disease claims within the workers’ comp system. State Rep. Jacob Hummel (D, St. Louis) debated with the bill’s sponsor, Dave Schatz (R, Sullivan).
Missouri is tapping a state budget reserve fund for cash flow purposes.
The state Office of Administration said Tuesday that $100 million was borrowed from the reserve fund in March.
It's the third time money has been used from the reserve in the budget year that began last July. The state used $75 million from the reserve in December and $150 million in February. All $325 million borrowed from the fund is to be repaid by May 15.