Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.
Nixon's signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.
The Missouri Senate has passed legislation extending several health care taxes that help generate about $3 billion annually for state's Medicaid program.
The special taxes are levied on such things hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. They are used to draw down federal Medicaid money, which is then distributed to health care providers through various programs.
Missouri's health care taxes are to expire Sept. 30.
The redistricting map passed by the Mo. House is currently before the Mo. Senate.
Credit Mo. House of Representatives
This is the redistricting map passed by a Mo. Senate commitee.
Credit Mo. Senate
An alternate map proposed by State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D, St. Louis) would preserve most of the congressional district currently held by fellow Democrat Russ Carnahan (NOTE: A digital copy of the map was not available at press time).