State auditor Tom Schweich is sharply critical of the way Gov. Jay Nixon calculated the $172 million withheld from the FY2012 budget to help pay for natural disasters like the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
Updated with comments from Schweich, statement from Nixon.
Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich has released a report that is sharply critical of Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to withhold $172 million from the current budget to help the state cope with a series of natural disasters.
(l-r) Mo. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R), Mo. Congressman Todd Akin (R), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Mo. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R); they talked about the need to make flood control the top priority along the Missouri River.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) and nearly half of Missouri’s congressional delegation are pledging to rebuild levees and pursue policies that will make massive water releases from dams unnecessary in the future.
As Democratic Governor Jay Nixon prepares to call lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session, the top Republican in the Missouri Senate wants disaster relief to be one of the issues included in the call.
Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.
An interim state senate committee is trying to figure out whether, and, if so, how Missouri should create a state health exchange.
During the their first public hearing on the issue yesterday, Mark Sergener, an insurance agent from St. Joseph, testified against creating such an exchange, siting concerns over how insurance carriers and coverage options would be affected.
A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on whether a state-created company needs more oversight, or has even outlived its usefulness.
Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company was created nearly 20 years ago to help small businesses obtain workers’ compensation insurance. Forrest Miller of the Missouri Restaurant Insurance Trust, testified that the Trust he chairs is shutting down, and that the state-owned insurance company may be partially to blame.
A state commission charged with drawing new Missouri House districts cannot agree on a new map and is wrapping up its work.
The 18-member commission on Friday voted to conclude its business and authorized its chairman and vice chairwoman to sign the paperwork needed to discharge the commission. That will mean responsibility for drawing new House districts will fall to a panel of appeals court judges.
The state of Missouri is paying tribute Thursday to State Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Woods on the opening day of the State Fair in Sedalia. Woods has served as the State Veterinarian twice, collectively serving for nearly 20 years.
During that time, he’s been credited with developing policy and procedures to combat numerous diseases that threaten Missouri’s livestock industry. Dr. Woods sat down this week with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin and talked about just what it is that a State Veterinarian does. You can listen to their conversation above.