Politics & Issues

Missouri Unemployment Benefits
5:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Extended unemployment benefits ending this weekend for Missourians

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

Extended unemployment benefits will end this Saturday for thousands of Missourians after the state Senate failed to reauthorize participation in a federal program.

St. Louis County senator Jim Lembke led the effort to block the 20-week extension of federal unemployment benefits, filibustering the legislation along with three other Republican senators.

Lembke said he did so in order to send a message to Washington that the federal government needs to rein in its spending.

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Redistricting Maps Released
6:57 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

First Mo. congressional redistricting maps released

This view shows the St. Louis-area districts in more detail (Digital copies of the maps were not available at press time).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A GOP-chaired House committee on redistricting has released the first map showing how Missouri’s congressional districts may soon look.

Missouri is losing a seat in Congress, dropping from nine to eight, based on figures from the 2010 census.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:02 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Mo. House passes $23B budget for next fiscal year

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

Missouri’s state budget for next year has been passed by the State House

The $23 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2012 holds current K-12 funding levels in place while cutting funds for higher education by seven percent.

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MO Statehouse
4:47 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Mo. House removes $500,000 designated for governor's travel while approving state budget

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House continued its swift work today on the $23 billion state budget, giving it first-round approval after only a few hours of debate.

But before doing so, lawmakers removed most of the money they had allocated for Governor Jay Nixon’s travel budget.

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Mo. budget
10:25 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Mo. House begins debate on FY 2012 state budget

Mo. House members during state budget floor debate.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has started debating the $23 billion state budget for next year.

The tone of the debate continues to be mild, with Democrats holding the view that there’s not much money to fight over.

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Local Control
5:46 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

St. Louis mayor Slay gives testimony on St. Louis police local control bill

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay spoke out today about local control of St. Louis' police department.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony today on the St. Louis police local control bill that easily passed the Missouri House last month

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the committee on governmental organization that an overwhelming majority of voters support local control, and that under state control, city residents have no input into how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is run.

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Single audit
10:31 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Audit finds problems with state oversight of federal money

An audit released today finds that several state agencies in Missouri have not adequately kept track of how federal stimulus dollars are being spent.

The state has spent about $2.6 billion in money received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

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MO Statehouse
4:24 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court hears case that could affect McKee's NorthSide project

Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over the constitutionality of a state tax credit which has enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.

McKee has so far received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide development project.

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Missouri Unclaimed Property
2:11 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

There's about $600 million in unclaimed property in Mo. Treasurer Zweifel's office. Is some of it yours to claim?

Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel views pieces on display from the Unclaimed Property vault on March 22, 2011. More than 1,200 safe deposit boxes were turned over to him this year to be added to Unclaimed Property.
(Office of Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel)

Missouri residents are being urged to find out if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state. Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office currently holds around $600 million in unclaimed cash and merchandise. The items include World's Fair tickets, bank notes from the early 1800's, and unclaimed war medals.

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Federal Health Care Law
11:31 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Mo. AG: Health care overhaul has uncertain legal status

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

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the federal health care law's legal fate is still uncertain.

Koster's statement comes in response to three Republican officials who asked him whether he thought the law could be enforced in Missouri.

Two federal judges upheld the health care overhaul. A third struck down the insurance requirement, and a fourth ruled the entire law is unconstitutional. Appeals courts will consider those rulings.

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