Politics & Issues

Missouri Redistricting
2:43 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Mo. AG's office responds to redistricting lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

The Missouri attorney general's office contends a lawsuit challenging new congressional districts should be dismissed.

Some Democrats filed a lawsuit last month challenging the new districts. They argue the districts are not compact and contiguous, deny equal rights and reflect the use of government power to benefit a few instead of preserving the general welfare.

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MO Statehouse
11:02 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Nixon says House business incentives bill only widens differences

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a business incentive bill passed by the House has widened the differences with the Senate in a special legislative session.

Nixon said Tuesday that he prefers the Senate version of the legislation but hopes lawmakers can still settle their differences and send him a bill.

Republican senators were to meet privately later Tuesday to discuss the legislation passed last week by the House.

Boeing / Mo. Statehouse
2:28 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Mo. lawmakers, governor at odds over fighter jets

A Boeing FA-18 fighter jet.
(via Boeing)

Updated at 4 p.m. with statement from Boeing.

Updated 3:51 p.m. with Boeing jobs figures in Missouri

A new wrinkle of disagreement has emerged in Missouri's special legislative session on business incentives. State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon now apparently are at odds over the production of military fighter jets.

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Dog breeder rules
6:28 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

New dog breeder rules finalized by Mo. Dept. of Agriculture

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has finalized the first set of new rules for dog breeders in Missouri, which go into effect January first.

They're the result of a compromise reached earlier this year between Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Republican lawmakers.

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Mo. State Tax Code / Rex Sinquefield
4:02 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Mo. businessman Sinquefield donates $1.3M for tax measure

Rex Sinquefield.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri businessman Rex Sinquefield has donated $1.3 million to a committee that supports overhauling the state's tax code.

The committee Let Voters Decide backs a proposed ballot measure that would replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax. Missouri Ethics Commission records show Sinquefield made the donation Monday. Campaign contributions of more than $5,000 must be reported within 48 hours.

Missouri House / Tax Credits
1:45 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Economic development bill passes, more tax credit action in Mo. House

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Updated 5:14 p.m.

The Missouri House has passed its version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

It does not place expiration dates, or sunsets, on historic preservation and low income housing tax credits, as demanded by the Senate.  Instead, House GOP leaders hope to mollify the Senate with a new proposal:  All tax credit programs would come up for review every four years and be subject to a renewal vote by the General Assembly.  The measure is sponsored by House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

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Business Incentives
4:47 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Mo. House panel advances business incentive bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
(via Flickr/dbking)

A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation offering new incentives for some businesses and international exporters.

The vote Wednesday by the House Economic Development Committee could pave the way for the full chamber to debate the bill Thursday.

The plan creates incentives for computer data centers, amateur sports events and air cargo exports at the St. Louis airport. It also scales back some existing tax credits, but not as much as proposed under a version passed last month by the Senate.

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Joplin relief
5:11 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Mo. college students, faculty wanted for Joplin relief this fall

Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.

On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people.  A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
3:26 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Missouri tax revenues increase 1.9 percent, refunds decline 22 percent

(via Flickr/kevindooley)

A new report says Missouri's revenues are up 1.9 percent in the current fiscal year compared with the same time last year.

Tuesday's figures from the state Office of Administration cover the first three months of the 2012 budget year, which began July 1.

The report shows individual income taxes up 2.2 percent and sales tax revenue up 3.1 percent over the same period a year ago.

But corporate tax collections from July through September are down more than 20 percent.

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Auto-deer collisions
4:59 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Deer-auto collisions highest in Mo. between Oct. & Dec.

(via Flickr/orcmid)

State officials are warning drivers in Missouri to beware of deer crossing roadways.

They are more active in the fall, which is their mating season.  Fall harvests and hunting also contribute to deer being more mobile this time of year.

Data collected by the insurance company State Farm for its 2010-2011 survey period ranks Missouri 19th in the nation for most deer strikes – down from 17th the prior year.  Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says the metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City have the most deer strikes.

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