Politics & Issues

Election 2012
10:43 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Mo. state treasurer Zweifel announces plans to run for re-election

Mo. State. Treasurer Clint Zweifel.
(via Missouri State Treasurer's Office)

Missouri's state treasurer Democrat Clint Zweifel has announced his intentions to keep his job in 2012 via a video announcement on his campaign website.

In the video,  Zweifel highlighted his work with farmers, entrepreneurs and small businesses along with the accomplishments of his "Unclaimed Property Team," among other topics.

A release states that Zweifel will begin his campaign with a kick-off event on June 22 in Forest Park in St. Louis.

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Missouri labor issues
6:57 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Community activists launch campaign to combat right-to-work, preserve state min. wage, in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Community activists and labor interests in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state’s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Lawmakers failed to freeze the state’s minimum wage during this year’s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote.

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Missouri Rx / Voter ID
3:09 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Mo. gov. signs Missouri Rx legislation, mum on voter ID

Lawmakers look on as Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs the Missouri Rx legislation into law during ceremonies in St. Louis on June 10, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation today reauthorizing the state's prescription drug assistance program for low-income seniors for three more years.

Missouri Rx pays half of the cost of prescription drugs, including co-pays and deductibles, for eligible seniors. It's designed to cover the gap in Medicare prescription drug benefits known as the donut hole.

The governor says the program will still be needed even as President Obama phases in his overhaul of the health care system.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:06 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Nixon signs, and cuts, FY2012 Mo. budget

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $172 million from the state budget today, including cuts to education.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year into law – but he’s also slashed $172 million from the spending plan that takes effect July first.

Nixon says the cuts are needed not only to keep the state budget balanced, but to also help cover storm damage costs.

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MoDOT restructuring
5:24 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Mixed reactions to MoDOT downsizing decision

(Via Flickr/KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)

Updated 6:20 am Friday to correct layoff number.

Wednesday’s vote by state highway commissioners to downsize the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is meeting with criticism from the state’s leading agricultural lobby.

Missouri Farm Bureau officials say the 30-day notice given to the public about the plan was too short to allow for a full examination and for citizen comments.

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MoDOT restructuring
5:02 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Transportation commissioners to consider MoDOT restructuring plan

(Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meets tomorrow to consider a proposal to restructure the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) over the next five years.   

The controversial plan calls for laying off 1,200 MoDOT workers, closing 135 facilities and selling off 740 pieces of equipment.

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Missouri House of Representatives
3:51 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Mo. House panel formed after natural disasters

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.

The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.

A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.

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Missouri River flooding
5:27 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Major flooding possible along Missouri River this summer

Current water elevations on the Missouri River climb near a temporary emergency levee at Fort Pierre, S.D. on June 4.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

Cities and towns along the Missouri River should begin preparing for major flooding in the next few weeks, according to federal officials.

The high water levels on the Missouri in the upper Great Plains are being blamed on a near-year’s worth of rainfall in a few week’s time -- and 140 percent more snowfall in the areas of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to the Missouri River basin.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
11:24 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Mo. tax revenue 2.7 percent higher than last year

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Missouri tax revenue is higher than last year, but a dip in individual income tax collections last month has prompted some concern.

Eleven months through the current budget year, revenue has increased from last year by 2.7 percent to $6.5 billion. However, the state Office of Administration reported Thursday that individual income tax collections were down 1.4 percent from May 2011 to May 2010.

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Missouri Vehicle Stops Report
11:15 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Report: Mo. black drivers stopped more frequently

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Black motorists were more likely than others to be stopped by Missouri police last year.

An annual report released Wednesday by the attorney general found that black drivers were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2010.

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