Politics & Issues

Missouri House of Representatives
10:58 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Committee defeats proposal to shrink Mo. House

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has rejected a proposal to downsize its own chamber.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have reduced the state House from 163 members to 103 members starting in 2015. A House committee voted Thursday to reject the plan.

Critics have expressed concerns that the smaller number of lawmakers would mean the public would not be as effectively represented.

Supporters say that reducing the number of lawmakers would help state government save money.

Aerotropolis Bill
9:47 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Mo. House endorses "Aerotropolis" bill

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

The so-called Aerotropolis bill has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.   If passed, it would provide up to $480 million in tax credits to encourage global air trade via St. Louis, including incentive for companies to build storage facilities near Lambert International Airport.  It’s sponsored by GOP House Member Caleb Jones of Moniteau County.

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Missouri Congressional redistricting
8:24 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Mo. House endorses GOP redistricting map

The GOP redistricting map was adopted today by the Mo. House.
Mo. House of Representatives

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a Republican-proposed map that would redraw the state’s congressional districts, reducing them from nine to eight.

It eliminates the St. Louis-area district currently held by Democrat Russ Carnahan.

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Missouri Unemployment Benefits
10:44 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Group of Mo. Senators will end filibuster if Gov. Nixon rejects $300 million from D.C.

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, on April 13, 2010.
(via Flickr/FiredUpMissouri)

A group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Missouri Senate are willing to end their filibuster of a bill to draw down federal unemployment benefits, if Democratic Governor Jay Nixon agrees to reject $300 million in federal stimulus funds.   

Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the effort.  He says the $300 million covers several “pork barrel pet projects.”

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
7:21 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Mo. House committee approves GOP-backed redistricting map

The GOP-backed congressional redistricting map was passed today by the House Redistricting Committee.
Mo. House of Representatives

Republicans on a Missouri House committee have easily approved a new redistricting map.

The map eliminates the St. Louis-area congressional district represented by Democrat Russ Carnahan and divides it up among four other districts, three of which are represented by Republicans.

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Debt collection suits
12:49 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

State appeals court rejects suit against debt collectors

A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals has dismissed two lawsuits filed by Attorney General Chris Koster that argued debt collection companies were violating the state's Merchandising Practices Act.

The rulings appear to be the first time a state court has considered whether the MPA applies to third-party actors like debt collectors.

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Peter Kinder
10:32 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Kinder to reimburse state for hotel costs

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is firing back at accusations by Democrats that he’s using taxpayer money to fund an “extravagant lifestyle.”

The Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Republican Lt. Governor had charged taxpayers $35,050 for hotel stays in the St. Louis area over the past five years, while attending political and sporting events, parties, and a wedding.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
3:17 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. Senate panel OKs new congressional districts

A close-up of the congressional district map approved by a Missouri Senate committee today. Missouri's congressional districts are being redrawn to reflect population counts from the 2010 U.S. Census. See the full map via the link in the story below.
Mo. Senate

A Missouri Senate committee today released and voted to approve its proposal to redraw the state’s congressional districts.   

The Senate map is similar to the House map, as both split up the district represented by Democrat Russ Carnahan among four other districts, three of which are currently represented by Republicans.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
2:30 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Mo. tax revenues up 6.5 percent through March

(via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz)

Missouri's tax revenues are up 6.5 percent with only one-quarter of the budget year to go.

Figures released Monday by the state Office of Administration show the growth fueled by stronger individual and corporate income tax collections than during the 2010 fiscal year. A decline in tax refunds also has contributed to the growth in state revenues.

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Redistricting maps released
7:02 pm
Sun April 3, 2011

Mo. House committee releases alternate redistricting map

The redistricting map proposed by Mo. House Democrats.
Mo. House of Representatives

A Missouri House committee tasked with redrawing the state's congressional districts has released an alternate map submitted by Democrats on the committee.

The first map, favored by the committee's Republican majority, was made public last Wednesday.

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