Politics & Issues

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

Missouri tax revenues increase 1.9 percent, refunds decline 22 percent

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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.

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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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Election 2012 / Susan Montee for Lt. Gov.
5:31 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Mo. Dem. Chair Montee plans to run for lt. gov.

Susan Montee.
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Missouri Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Montee says she plans to run for lieutenant governor next year.

Montee said Friday she has been trying to recruit strong Democratic candidates for offices and believes she has the best chance of winning the lieutenant governor's office being vacated by Republican Peter Kinder.

Kinder has said he will not seek re-election and is instead considering a run for governor.

Montee served as state auditor for four years before losing re-election last year to Republican Tom Schweich.

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Mamtek
5:12 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Kinder wants finance board to examine approval process for economic development projects

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Mo. Lt. Gov, Peter Kinder wants the Missouri Development Finance Board to review the way it approves financing for economic development projects. The request comes in the wake of the Mamtek fiasco in Moberly.

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Robin Carnahan
3:10 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Robin Carnahan will not seek third term as Mo. Secretary of State

Mo. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated 5:02 p.m. with statement from the Missouri Democratic Party.

Update: 3:22 p.m.: Mo. State Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City has announced he will be a candidate for the position via an announcement on his website. Here's an excerpt:

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Mo. Presidential Primary
5:39 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Mo. GOP switches to party caucuses for choosing presidential candidates

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The Missouri Republican Party is abandoning the presidential primary and will use the caucus system to choose delegates for next year’s presidential race.  The decision comes as a bill that would move the party primaries from February to March remains stalled in the Missouri Senate.

The national GOP had given the state until midnight on October First to move the presidential primary to March, or else risk losing half its delegates.  State GOP Executive Director Lloyd Smith says if Missouri goes ahead with a presidential primary in February, it will not count.

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MO Statehouse / Special Session
12:12 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Missouri House to vote on jobs bill next week

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri House leaders have confirmed they’re returning to Jefferson City next week to resume the special legislative session -- but their return doesn’t mean that there’s been any breakthrough on an economic development deal.

The special session ground to a halt last week because House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether to place expiration dates, or sunsets, on historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits, or on how much oversight Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) Economic Development department should have over some incentives.

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Mo. students at unaccredited schools
6:13 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Mo. joint committee looks at avoiding potential mass exodus from unaccredited schools

Members of the House-Senate Interim Committee on School Accreditation listen to testimony Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011) at the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A state legislative committee heard testimony today on what options should be considered for students enrolled at unaccredited schools in Missouri.  It’s part of another effort to address a recent State Supreme Court ruling.

Turner v. Clayton affirmed that students not only have the right to transfer away from an unaccredited school district, but that the failing district has to pick up the tab.  State and local officials fear it could lead to a mass exodus from schools in St. Louis, Kansas City and Riverview Gardens.

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MO Statehouse
4:51 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Missouri may keep its early presidential primary

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri appears ready to hold its presidential primary in February - a move that trigger more confusion in the 2012 election calendar and prompt other states to elbow to the front of the campaign line.

Rules set by the Republican and Democratic parties dictate that only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada should hold contests in February; all other states are supposed to wait until March or later. National party leaders have threatened to reduce the national convention delegates for any states that jump the line.

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Kit Bond
1:53 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

New Mo. federal courthouse named for former Sen. Bond

Former Mo. Gov. and U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, cuts the ribbon at a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City named after him. Joining him (l-r), his wife Linda, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

 The ribbon was cut today on a $68 million federal courthouse in Jefferson City, named for former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond (R).

 It replaces an older building, which shares space with a post office, and where judges, jurors, lawyers and criminal defendants all shared the same elevator.  Bond says the new facility is sorely needed.

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